The last time we crossed paths I was heading out to North American Open in Kirkwood CA for stop number four. I ended up taking first in the comp, stoked! Also I hit the storm cycle there, they had over 200 inches in a week and I was there for the last five days of that week. BOOSH. Good times on good snow with good friends. That first place put me in first place overall for the season standing. I had about a two-week break from competition so I stopped in at home for a few days then flew out the Colorado for some soul shredding with Team Summit at A-Basin. After a week I drove over to Snowbird UT for stop number five, the final stop on the JFT. Again a storm cycle was moving in. Seems as though the snow is following me. I ended up falling on a front flip in finals but with my placing at the previous four stops it was enough to keep me in first for the overall! I also won the overall Freemountain Award! Had a very fun season and I can’t wait for next year!
I got to talk to Zach about a week and a half ago, and lucky me he had a little update for the blog! Then, unfortunately, I got super sick and did nothing but sleep and feel horrible for about a week and a half! however Zach is incredibly rad and I was stoked to find out where he’s been, so I’m still passing on the news. My apologies for the lateness. -Danko
The seasons been great so far! Had so much fun and it’s not done yet!
I started the year at Alyeska Resort shredding the home hill for December and most of January. Then it was off to Jackson hole WY to meet up with my sis and some homies while she competed in the FWT qualifier. After that I hitched a ride with my pops to Alta UT to claim some pow turns and face shots. After a week and a half of filming and shooting it was time to start the comp season. First stop of JFT was at Crested Butte CO. It was a fun weekend and I ended up taking forth and my buddy tanner claimed third, yeah man! I had two weeks after that to kick it at home and ski some AK lines. During that time I took part in the North Face Vertical Challenge, which is a comp to see who can ski the most vertical feet in one day. I skied 55,000 ft but then I pinched a nerve in my leg and had to quit. My leg had paralysis for a few days but with a weeks rest it was good to go.
Stop two was at Crystal Mt. WA. A storm cycle moved thru that weekend so the venue was in prime condition. I got ninth day one but got third day two, which put me in fifth overall. Stoked! Third stop on JFT was Grand Targhee WY. Again I lucked out and a storm moved in a few days before but cleared up for the comp. I finished in second this time and won the Freemountain award. Right after the awards ended I hitched a ride with some friends to Alta again for some shredding. A huge cycle moved in and we got 18in first day and 26in second day! After that it brings me to right now. Tomorrow I leave for stop four of JFT in Kirkwood CA. A storm is rumbling in the Tahoe area so who knows, maybe I’ll run into some snow?
– Zach Halverson