Breckenridge’s Steven Fisher and Hannah Teter took the top spots in Sunday’s halfpipe final. Following Fisher were Danny Kass in second and Luke Wynen in third. Kelly Clark and Anne Molin Kongsgaard rounded out the women’s podium.

The judges had it easy during the men’s pipe final: Steven (with a “v”) Fisher put together a run no one could touch. A hero frontside air, backside five, fs nine, backside air, and corked fs seven on his first run made up the highest score of a gray Colorado morning. On his second run, Fisher turned the nine into a ten, but didn’t manage the cleanliness of his first go in the best-of-two-runs format.

Gnu’s Danny Kass rode to second spot with trademark style, holding grabs all the way through and making the unthinkable look easy. Luke Wynen (riding for Unity Snowboards) backed up his win at last year’s event by finishing third with drifty corked spins and mad, mechanic steez.

Other notables included Andy Finch, who’s back from shoulder surgery and riding with the smoothness; Joe Eddy put on a show and will finish higher when he works out kinks in his halfpipe stance/setup; Mason Aguirre (sixteen) nailed his first ten in competition; and Elijah Teter broke out the Cab 180 McTwist.

Youth will inherit the Earth, and the halfpipe. Seventeen year old Hannah Teter (Burton) added another notch to her studded-leather belt with her first Triple Crown win. After a series of girls decked out and bounced, Hannah put down a grabbed fs five and a nine to lock up a five-point lead over …

Kelly Clark is easing into form; after breaking from the halfpipe scene last year, she’s back at it, riding with skill and strength. Solid runs, grabbed spins, style and power marked her two runs and landed her in second place.

Gretchen Bleiler blew her ACL after overshooting a park jump on her way to the pipe. Surgery before the holidays should have her back in action by summer. There may not be many riding shots of Gretchen this season, but at least we’ve got a closet full of FHMs. Did I say that out loud?

The second stop of the Vans Triple Crown is at Mammoth Mountain, January 29-February 1, 2004. You should go.


Men’s Halfpipe

1. Steven Fisher92.5

2. Danny Kass90.5

3. Luke Wynen88.2

4. Tommy Czeschin86.2

5. Elijah Teter83.6

6. Andy Finch83.3

7. Ross Powers83

8. Joe Eddy79.3

9. Mason Aguirre77.6

10. Kurt Wastell77.2

Women’s Halfpipe

1. Hannah Teter94

2. Kelly Clark89.2

3. Anne Molin Kongsgaard85.3

4. Fabienne Reuteler79.7

5. Junko Asazuma73.7

6. Tricia Byrnes71.2

7. Lindsey Jacobellis70.8

8. Barrett Christy70

9. Silli Mittermüller64.7

10. Alisa Mokler59.3