Alyeska World Comp Finals
World class skiing and riding in the Alyeska world comp final
over $10,000 in cash prizes awarded to top finishers
March 26, 2010 (Girdwood, Alaska) – The final day of the 2010 Alyeska World Comp wrapped up at Alyeska Resort today, taking place on the Headwall, an amazing venue to showcase some of the world’s strongest skiers and riders. The last day of the three day competition featured sunny skies, steep cliffs, chutes and 1,000 feet of double black diamond vertical terrain. The Alyeska World Comp is a multi‐discipline competition open to telemark, alpine and snowboard divisions, and the event final featured thirty three top-level big mountain contenders competing for over $10,000 in cash prizes.
The challenging terrain at Alyeska is a huge draw for snowsport athletes, as well as the lure of the legendary Chugach Mountains of Alaska. “This is a lot bigger venue then other places I’ve competed,” said Jundai Nakashio, a finalist in the telemark division and a regular on the freeski circuit, “You actually get to ski a big mountain line instead of a just a short shot.”
A few competitors entered multiple divisions, and for Paul Kimbrough of Bellingham, Washington, that decision paid off, literally. Paul skied two solid runs to win the telemark division and place second in the alpine division, taking home cash prizes in both. Paige Brady of Anchorage repeated as the telemark women’s champion. Two Girdwood locals topped the alpine division, with Aaron Long winning for the men and Kami Cabana leading the women’s field. A strong group of junior alpine men from Girdwood had scores that rivaled the senior men, with Zach Halverson ending up on the podium in first place. Winners in the snowboard competition were both Anchorage locals, Dee Hurley for the women and Toby Englert for the men.
The World Comp is only one part of Telepalooza, the Jeff Nissman Memorial Telemark Festival, Alyeska’s springtime celebration of the telemark community that will continue on Saturday and Sunday, March 27 and 28. The weekend activities include on-mountain fun races, après ski festivities, telemark clinics, free demo equipment and nightly live entertainment at the Sitzmark Bar and Grill. Proceeds from this year’s charity raffle featuring over $30,000 in prizes, will benefit Friends of The Chugach Avalanche Information Center in Jeff Nissman’s honor. Raffle prizes include helicopter and cat skiing adventures in Alaska and many other backcountry gear and accessories.
2010 ALYESKA WORLD COMP FINAL RESULTS
1. Paige Brady 124 points
2. Megan Michaelson 112.3 points
3. Lizet Christiansen 93 points
1. Kami Cabana 133.0 points
2. Emilie Fetscher 114.0 points
1. Dee Hurley 111.7 points
2. Sarah Taylor 100.7 points
3. Marnie Hamilton 48.7 points
1. Paul Kimbrough 155.0 points
2. Jake Sakson 145.3 points
3. Ryan Davis 140.3 points
1. Aaron Long 152.7 points
2. Paul Kimbrough 144.3 points
3. Jake Sakson 133.3 points
Mens’ Alpine Juniors
1. Zach Halverson 146 points
2. Max Durtschi 137.3 points
3. Max Durtschi 131.3 points
1. Toby Englert 136.7 points
2. Serge Nefedov 127.0 points
3. Kenny Jones 119.0 points
About Alyeska Resort (www.alyeskaresort.com)
Alyeska Resort is Alaska's premier year-round destination featuring The Hotel Alyeska, an award-winning 304 room full-service property. Located just 40 miles from Anchorage, Alyeska Resort is your base camp for summer and winter excursions. Alyeska Resort stands out during ski season with 650” of average snowfall annually and the longest-continuous double black diamond ski run in North America. Learn more about the resort at www.alyeskaresort.com or 800.880.3880.