Finals on Kachnia
Finals on Kachnia

With more than 160 skiers and snowboarders chasing a $15,000 purse, there’s no doubt that this year’s Salomon Extreme Freeride Championships at Taos, NM was one of the most competitive stops yet. The stop is the only Freeride World Tour qualifying event in the states. Meaning the winner is invited to compete on stops all over the world!

12481' Kachina Peak stands tall above the Sangre de Cristo Mountain Range

Colorado was represented well with Crested Butte sweeping the men’s and almost the women’s senior divisions. The Master’s men saw a Squaw Valley sweep as well, with Larry Segal taking 1st, followed by brothers David Saputo and Jon Saputo.

In the Junior division, Telluride’s Kyle Koenig took the win for the men, followed by Steamboat Spring’s Matthew White. Local skier Peter Hunt tied with Colorado athlete Finn Mahoney for 3rd.

The Junior girls were led by Taos athletes Eliza Donahue and Emma Patterson, who finished 1st and 2nd. Winter Park’s Jill Beasley took 3rd.
Colorado Freeride Team athletes Josh Trosky and Jake Sivinski doing an inspection

Women Ski:

1. Ashley Bembenek     Crested Butte, CO

2. Katie Gillen     Albuquerque, NM

3. Alex Riedman     Cressted Butte, CO


Women Snowboard:

1. Rosemarie Daiek     Lake Tahoe, CA

2. Meghan Moran     Steamboat Springs, CO

3. Meesh Hytner     Breckenridge, CO


Men Ski:

1. Brandon Clabaugh     Crested Butte, CO

2. Rob Dickinson     Crested Butte, CO

3.Tom Runcie     Cressted Butte, CO


Men Snowboard:

1. Ryan Montoya     Mescalero, NM

2. Justin Bobb     Santa Fe, NM

3. Matthew Baker     Vail, CO


A full list of results is available at

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