Nelson’s best young skiers owned their home mountain at the Junior Freeski Open.
Skiers from Nelson won nine podium positions at the event’s finals Sunday, which featured competitors from the Okanagan, East Kootenay and Alberta at Whitewater Ski Resort.
In the boys aged 7-to-11 event, it was lone Ymir skier Kaden White finishing atop the podium ahead of Nelson natives Toby McIntosh and Ethan Knight.
Nelson skiers swept the podium in the other boys events. Adam Kuch was first in boys 12-14 event followed by Brodie Jensen and Nate Atkins. In the 15-18 competition, Kalob Jensen captured first with Elias Lutz in second and Liam Kelly in third.
Just one Nelson skier took part in the girls events. Andi Belland won silver in the 15-18 event, behind Invermere’s Kaleigh Meadus and ahead of Jemma Capel of Banff, Alta.
Alanna Meadus of Invermere, Lake Country’s Lucy Carr and Kelowna’s Vanessa Hutchinson were 1-2-3, respectively, in the girls 7-11 competition. Rossland’s Erin Flood meanwhile took first in girls 12-14 ahead of Revelstoke’s Sydney Musseau and Kelowna’s Alexandria Hutchinson.
Skiers were judged by creativity, line choice, fluidity, style, control and aggressiveness on Whitewater’s Blast run, which features cliffs and moguls.