By Jackie Robin Explorebigsky.com Contributor

On Thursday, Feb. 9, a vanload of competitors, led by coaches Devan
Backstrom and Tim Bak headed to Jackson Hole, Wyo. for their first
freeski competition of the season. Nine BSSEF athletes competed at this International Freeskiers Association sanctioned event.

“It was a regional competition not far from home with a real opportunity for our athletes to score well,” said head coach Backstrom. At the award presentation, BSSEF had four athletes on the podium.

In the girls 12-14, first-time competitors Lucy Amsden and Gracely Speth took second and third. In 12-14 boys, Jackson Raden had an impressive combined score of 30.58 and came in second. In boys 15-18, Micah Robin improved his run on the second day by over 4 points and was able to finish in third place.

Other first-time competitors Ruby Speth, Nic Manship, Jack Amsden and Cash
Munro all had impressive runs on both days. Veteran competitor Solomon Amsden had a spectacular wipeout in his first run, taking him out of the running for a top spot. Dawson-Case Raden, too young to compete this year, foreran the course both days.

Athletes Micah Robin, Solomon Amsden and Joey Manship head to Crystal
Mountain in Washington to represent the BSSEF Freeride Team in a national
IFSA event on March 2-4. bssef.com.

Competition schedule:

Targhee: March 16 – 18

Winter Park: March 23 – 25

Headwaters Run-Off (Moonlight Basin): March 31