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It was an action-packed day at Killington, with hardly a minute going by without some killer freeskiing going off. The ladies hit the slope course bright and early for Women's Ski Slopestyle Qualifiers, just as the lifts were starting to run for the day.

Maude Raymond threw down a solid run to earn the top qualifying spot by throwing down back to back railslides into a railslide disaster grab, followed by a left 360, left cork 540, and finishing with a huge left 360 japan grab. The top seven competitors from today's qualifier advance to Saturday's Semi-Finals for a chance to compete against the best in Sunday's Finals. 

Maude Raymond

Eveline Bhend

Women's Ski Slopestyle Qualifier Results

1) Maude Raymond - 86.33

2) Eveline Bhend - 81.67

3) Eva-Maria Patscheider - 66.00

4) Maria Bagge - 60.33

5) Nina Rusten Andersen - 54.67

6) Rose Battersby - 34.50

7) Emma Whitman - 23.33

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8) Jackie Kling - DNS

Shortly after Women's Ski Slopestyle Qualifiers, the men got it going in the 22-foot superpipe next to the slope course under bluebird skies for Men's Ski Superpipe Qualifiers.

Joss Christensen

In the end, it was Joss Christensen who finished first, with a score of 80.25. His run started off strong with a switch left 900 mute, to switch right 720 japan, to left 900 tail grab, to right 720 tail grab, and capped things off with a switch 720 japan to alley-oop 360 japan. In second was Kyle Smaine, while Massachusetts native James Campbell took third. The top eight qualifiers will move on to compete in Semi-Finals tomorrow at 6pm EST. 

Kyle Smaine

Men's Ski Superpipe Qualifier Results

1) Joss Christensen - 80.25

2) Kyle Smaine - 77.50

3) James Campbell - 75.00

4) AJ Kemppainen - 73.75

5) Christian Allen - 73.25

6) Marshall LaCroix - 70.75

7) Yannic Lerjen - 70.50

8) Lyman Currier - 68.50

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9) Kris Atkinson - 68.00

10) Tyler Peterson - 61.75

11) Austin Simonpietri - 58.00

12) Beau-James Wells - 56.50

13) Alexander Ferreira - 48.25

14) Colter Brehmer - 45.50

15) Frederick Iliano - 43.75

16) Theodore Porter - 39.75

As the sun started to set through the trees at Killington, the men's freeskiers took to the slopestyle course for their last chance at qualifying for tomorrow's Slopestyle Semi-Finals.

LJ Strenio

LJ Strenio placed first with a run that began with a right 270 onto the first rail, a back 360 switch-up, a back 450 off the rail, a switch left bio 900 mute grab, and finishing with a left side double cork 1080 mute grab into a right side double cork 1080. The run gave him a score of 85.00, ahead of Henrik Harlaut in second and Alex Beaulieu-Marchand in third. The top 11 will advance to tomorrow's Semi-Finals.

Henrik Harlaut

Men's Ski Slopestyle Qualifier Results

1) LJ Strenio - 85.00

2) Henrik Harlaut - 82.17

3) Alex Beaulieu-Marchand - 80.83

4) Vincent Gagnier - 76.17

5) Willie Borm - 74.83

6) Jossi Wells - 72.67

7) Cody Ling - 72.00

8) Matt Walker - 69.33

9) Tim McChesney - 68.17

10) Robert Franco - 67.83

11) Alex Bellemare - 67.00

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12) Mike Mertion - 64.67

13) Colby West - 64.33

14) Oscar Scherlin - 62.83

15) Aidan Sheahan - 55.50

16) Cody Cirillo - 52.67

17) Erik Hughes - 42.00

18) Lyman Currier - 40.50

19) AJ Kemppainen - 40.00

20) Kai Mahler - 31.33

21) Will Hibbs - 30.00

22) Ian Cosco - 17.17

23) Jeremy Pancras - DNS

23) Fridtjof Fredricsson - DNS

The Women's Ski Superpipe Qualifiers was cancelled out of respect for the news of Sarah Burke's passing, and all 10 competitors will advance to tomorrow morning's semi-final.

Stay tuned to Newschoolers for more daily updates from the second stop of the Winter Dew Tour in Killington, Vermont.


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