The $20,000 Cholula Triple Air Show returned to Mountain High on Saturday, February 4, 2012, offering Southern California’s largest prize purse. Now in its fourteenth year, the event continues to gain strength with many raving this year’s course was the best it’s ever been.
A perfect day on the mountain with sunny skies and warm temperatures provided riders with an amazing opportunity to let it all hang out. In the men’s snowboard division, riders such as Yale Cousino, Scotty Vine, Trevor Jacob, Ian Thorley and Garrettt Warnick came out to compete but in the end, it was local hero and Mountain High team rider, Spencer Link who stole the show and the $5000 top prize with his ridiculously solid run that included a Cab 9, Front 7 and a nasty Back 10 Double.
The women’s snowboard division was stacked with riders like Lynn Neil, Mariah Dugan, Nirvana Ortanez, Jamie Madrid and Melissa Evans competing. On this day, it was Katie Williams out of Salt Lake City, Utah who stole the show and the $2000 top prize with her smooth run that included a clean front 5 on the money booter.
In the ski division, some heavy hitters came out to compete including Patrick Goodhough, Max Peters, Noah Morrison and Time Gage. For the skiers it was all about the double corks with McRae Williams landing the smoothest run, dirtiest double and snagging the $3500 top prize.
This year, The Cholula Triple Air Show was upgraded to a 3 star TTR (Ticket To Ride) event which means competitors earned points toward their overall worldwide ranking. The TTR standard is what competitive snowboarders use to rank themselves against each other, and earn entry into events like the Grand Prix and the Olympics.
Special thanks goes out to the event’s sponsors, Cholula Hot Sauce, Jarritos, Continuous, and more. And to Chuck Allen, the Godfather of snowboarding and co-founder of the USASA, without whom this event would not exist.