Kirkwood:First Day of the Last Stop

Words: Sara Waldman

Day One of The North Face Masters of Snowboarding presented by PrimaLoft got off to a rousing start under beautiful California skies at Kirkwood Mountain Resort today.More than 100 competitors from around the world took to the looker’s right hand side of the forbidden terrain of The Cirque.

The ladies threw down with some blazing fast lines and huge cliff drops.Finishing in first was Anne-Flore Marxer of Switzerland with a score of 82.67.“It was the first time we had good snow for a comp, I just had fun” said Marxer.Finishing right behind her in second place with a score of 82.00, was 2010 tour champion Shannan Yates who pioneered a line and double dropped a cliff band no other woman hit.The third spot was dually occupied by Maria DeBari and Rosemarie Daiek, who tied with a score of 81.33.

The men’s field was stacked with a total of 70 competitors.Squaw Valley’s Christopher Galvin managed to wade his way through the field to come out on top with a score of 83.67.With a run that included multiple drops and smooth turns throughout the venue, Galvin took the day.Right on his heels and only one point behind with a score of 82.67 was Ralph Backstrom.Backstrom’s line included a multitude of well-linked drops with smooth, fluid turns.Rounding out the top three was Mikey Marohn of Jackson Hole, the Young Gun award winner at Crystal Mountain, with a score of 82.33.

The race for the overall tour winner is coming down to the wire as competitors head to the looker’s left side of the forbidden terrain of The Cirque tomorrow.

“At the start and at the bottom, all of the riders are the same.It’s what they do in between that will set them apart,” said Nick Perata, event announcer and snowboarding legend.

With a mere half a point currently separating first and second for overall tour points for the women, it’s as close as it can get.The top two men are separated by a measly 11 points leaving the tour championship completely dependent on tomorrow’s riding.

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DAY ONE Results: North Face Masters of Snowboarding Presented by PrimaLoft

Friday, March 04, 2011

Ladies: FinishName, Bib Number, Home Mountain, CountryScore

1Anne-Flore Marxer109AvoriazSUI/FRA82.67
2Shannan Yates51SnowbirdUSA82.00
3Maria DeBari52Mt. BakerUSA81.33
3Rosemarie Daiek60KirkwoodCAN81.33
5Kaitlin Elliot55SnowbirdUSA80.00

Gents: FinishName, Bib Number, Home Mountain, CountryScore

1Christopher Galvin63Squaw ValleyUSA83.67
2Ralph Backstrom76Squaw ValleyUSA82.67
3Mikey Marohn15Jackson HoleUSA82.33
4Brian Bozack14Sugar BowlUSA81.00
5John Rodosky36Jackson HoleUSA80.67