The Faction Team takes on the 2009 Fernie Smith Optics Freeski Comp


The first day of the Smith Optics Freeski Competion at Fernie was run last week on firm conditions. The competitors made short work of the challenging conditions on "Big Bang" in Timber Bowl. Representing Faction was Alex Wall, a contingent in any big mtn or freestyle comp, coming in 2nd after the opening runs. Also Martha Burley, a telemarker, always a force to be reckoned with for the lowly alpiner was also in 2nd for the Women. Even team manager Ross Janzen was getting in the act in 15th place; a hairier ride than his run in with Gene Simmons at SIA Las Vegas



Day two of the comp was a raging success. Under sunny skies and good conditions with the snow softening up considerably, the remaining 40 skiers attacked Polar Peak shown above. The field of competitors suprised all by skiing far more difficult lines and hucking bigger cliffs than thought possible with the low snow pack. After two days of competition Faction was still well positioned. Alex Wall had another good run and hung on to 2nd place while Martha Burley slipped slightly back to 3rd place. Their team manager Ross Janzen showed he still has a few tricks up his sleeve, moving into 10th place, advancing to the finals the following day.



The show then moved to "Richard's Run", a venue which has never before been used for competition. Sounds among the riders were, "hmm a very intimidating, long and commiting area of the mountain.



So after the smoke cleared, experience seemed to win the battle over youth and unharnessed energy. Alex Wall slid into the finish at 4th place after an impressive high speed and fluid run. Martha Burley showed once again she has what it takes and took 2nd place overall among a competitive field.



So even if we don't want to toot his often large horn the rider deserving the props is old dog Ross Janzen. He moved through the field with an impressive air on his final run finishing first for the day and ending the weekend at 3rd overall.



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