Never before has the snowboard world seen such an amazing showdown by the female contingent of a halfpipe competition as on January 11 at the Grand Prix event in Breckenridge, Colorado. Three girls—all of them under sixteen years old—landed 900-degree rotations in the resort’s notoriously intimidating superpipe. Yeah, go ahead and say it—holy crap!

Now, when I say that three of the women landed frontside nines, I’m not talking about some sort of below-the-lip, reverted-around-from-720 nines. No, no, no. These were the real things. Lindsey Jacobellis’ was at least ten feet out, Elena Hight cranked hers around so hard she could have gone to 1080, and Hannah Teter stomped the thing so perfectly that her hands were already in claiming-it position. Fricking amazing.

After the ladies’ three finals runs were over, it was Teter’s consistentcy and off-the-chain amplitude that won it for her—making it Hannah’s second Grand Prix gold this season. Aspen-local Gretchen Bleiler held her own against the storm of 900s for second place with tricky combination of back-to-back 540s and a smoother-than-smooth crippler. And Hight’s ultra-wound-up nine earned her third place—more than respectable for an eighth grader.

On to the men. They must’ve been sweating their masculinity after watching the women’s part of the event, because only a handful of the guys had pulled 900s in the previous day’s qualifiers. Well, they threw down like they knew they had to—but Hannah Teter’s second run would have been top ten in the men no problem.

Chad Otterstrom was ripping today—seriously. He broke the Breckenridge halfpipe like a wild pony with brutal moves such as inverted frontside sevens and backside 900s—all executed way up in the stratosphere. But it wasn’t till Otterstrom’s last run that he pulled the trigger on the back-to-back-nine combination that would both defend his manhood and win him the contest in front of his local Colorado crowd.

Elijah Teter—yup, he’s Hannah’s big brother—upheld the family name with some serious halfpipe ninja-work. He was doing nice switch McTwists off the first hit. Rob Kingwell got all inverted at the top of the pipe, as well, but waited till the last hit or two to unleash his lethal Wet Cat, a.k.a. inverted backside nine. Rookies like Steve Fisher, Mason Aguirre, Louie Vito, and Luke Mitrani all broke a piece off today, too—the absence of a deep field of heavy pros allowing these young killers to really shine in the finals’ light—and even bring home some scrillaz if you know what I mean.


1. Chad Otterstrom
2. Elijah Teter
3. Rob Kingwell
4. Steve Fisher
5. Tommy Czeschin
6. Mason Aguirre
7. Zach Horwitz
8. Louie Vito
9. Luke Mitrani
10. Aaron Woodard

1. Hannah Teter
2. Gretchen Bleiler
3. Elena Hight
4. Tricia Byrnes
5. Molly Aguirre
6. Lindsay Jacobellis