Skiing sweet in Steamboat’s sun |

Skiing sweet in Steamboat’s sun

— The results on Saturday mattered, as evidenced by the award ceremony that followed the Rocky Mountain Freestyle Moguls Championships at Howelsen Hill.

Trophies were handed out. Congratulations were given.

The day was about more than that, however, as evidenced by everything else that happened.

Dozens of young freestyler skiers rocked their way down the bumps on the face of Howelsen Hill, soared off a pair of kickers and, to the delight of their parents, friends and coaches gathered at the bottom, made the most of a sunny and slushy spring day.

At a bigger event, a fall is essentially the end of the run, but Saturday wasn’t like that. That an attempted 720 ended up more like a 540 or 600 — complete with a bruising blast into the snow — was never a reason to quit a run. Athletes picked themselves up, clipped back into their skis and kept going.

In fact, they didn’t even always clip back in. One ambitious skier took on the bottom 60 percent of the moguls course, including one jump, with just one ski.

It was spring skiing, with a barbecue waiting at the bottom and plenty of high fives to go around.

But, there were winners, and one of the day’s youngest skiers led the way. Kai Owmens, skiing for Vail, won the girls U11 division, and the overall girls title, against U13 and U15 competitors.

Sage Michel of Winter Park was second overall and Isabelle Currat third. Steamboat’s Riley Hodges had the best day of the local contingent, placing fourth overall and second in the U15 division.

On the boys side, Telluride skier Max Giner was tops in both the U13 and overall categories. Vail’s Nash Lucas was second and his teammate Aaron Kust second. River King was the top Steamboat finisher, flying into seventh overall.

The action continues Sunday with one final day of moguls skiing at Howelsen Hill. Skiing should begin around 10:15 a.m. and run into the afternoon.

To reach Joel Reichenberger, call 970-871-4253, email or follow him on Twitter @JReich9

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