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Riders throw down at Big Sky Resort for 2014 SFS

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BIG SKY – Snow and low hanging clouds created visibility challenges throughout the day on April 5, but intermittent sun made the Subaru Freeride Series four-star finals possible on The Headwaters’ steep face at Big Sky Resort.

Riders competed in the SFS – a Freeride World Tour Qualifier – for points in hopes they would have enough to gain a spot on the 2015 FWT.

At the end of the day, Squaw Valley locals Iris Lazareschi and Andrew Irwin both took top honors in snowboarding. In women’s and men’s skiing, respectively, 2014 Freeride World Tour rider Francesca Pavillard-Cain of Crested Butte, Colo. and Forrest Jillison of Jackson Hole, Wyo. landed in the top podium positions.

Women’s snowboard

1st Place: Iris Lazzareschi, Squaw Valley, Ca., USA

2nd Place: Camila Brown, Snowbird, Utah, USA

3rd Place: Galen Bridgewater, Big Sky/Moonlight Basin, Mont., USA

Women’s ski

1st Place: Francesca Pavillard-Cain, Crested Butte, Colo., USA

2nd Place: Hazel Birnbaum, Kirkwood, Ca., USA

3rd Place: Ashley Bembenek, Crested Butte, Colo., USA

Men’s snowboard

1st Place: Andrew Irwin, Squaw Valley, Ca., USA

2nd Place: Christopher Galvin, Squaw Valley, Ca., USA

3rd Place: Jonathan Penfield, Whistler-Blackomb, CAN

Men’s ski

1st Place: Forrest Gillison, Jackson Hole, Wyo., USA

2nd Place: Kyle Taylor, Bridger Bowl, Mont., USA

3rd Place: George Rodney, Alta/Snowbird, Utah, USA

Watch the tape-delayed webcast on April 9 at 1 p.m. MST at

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