With 14 cms of new snow and high winds the first day of the Red Mountain Junior freeski comp got underway. The field was filled up with over 100 eager rippers with the 12-15 boys being the largest category with over 40 entries. Other than high winds and a few clouds the conditions were great with dry snow and good visibilty.
In the 7-11 girls Mackenzie Flood and Kimberly Best of Red Mountain Freeriders slugged it out with strong runs for first and second plce while in the 7-11 boys a zesty grab led to a fall that kept Red Freerider Logan Tanguay from moving forward to day two. Int he 12-15 girls Freeski Academy memeber Sally Steeves skied to a first place qualifier with local Red skiers Sarah LaPointe and Hannah Sterpin not far behind. The 12-15 boys had a few upsets with local favourite Xander Sterpin losing a ski and not qualifying and Freeski Academy member Jay Maloney falling and not making it through. On a high note new academy memebers Deremire Bell and George Hogarth skied strong and qualified for day two.
The 16-18 girls saw newcomer and Freeski Academy memeber Meagan Brown-Dahl ski strong and big on her first comp run but fall near the bottom, but she's still in the running for a strong podium finish. Veteran competitor Zoya Lynch captured first place qualifier. The 16-18 boys saw long time competitor Caleb Brown literally fly into 1st place leaving local favourites Todd Loukras and Brodie Evans a few points back.
With snow in the forecast for tonight the competiton is going to heat up tomorrow, check back for final results for the 2010 Red Junior Freeski Open.