The USA Powder 8 Championship wrapped up in Aspen/Snowmass. The Powder 8 competition is when teams of two compete and try to make figure "eights" in the snow with their tracks. Competitors are also evaluated on three categories: synchronicity, dynamics, and roundness, symmetry, and line.
Teams compete on Day 1 at Aspen Highlands. Each team of two gets two individual runs on groomed snow to seed them for a head-to-head competition in the Highlands Bowl. The Highlands Bowl is a 45 minute hike. The highest seeded team goes against the lowest seeded team. This year's competition saw 15 teams including 3 Women's teams and 12 Open teams which consist of co-ed or male teams.
The Day 2 competition venue is out on Richmond Ridge behind Aspen Mountain. Competitors take a snowcat out to the competition venue. The snow conditions were perfect with a foot of new snow for the competitors. Teams go head-to-head and the winning team advances to the next round of competition.
This year saw some fierce competition! The winners of the Open Division won by a margin of one point (a score of 121 to 120) and were from Telluride. The second and third place teams were from Aspen/Snowmass. Here are the final results from the Open Division:
- Willi Glanznig / Stephen Cieciuch
- Kevin Jordan / Josh Fogg
- Jim Schanzenbaker / Angus Graham
The Women's division also saw a team from Telluride on top, while second and third went to Aspen/Snowmass teams:
- Babsie Glanznig / Sem Walls
- Megan Harvey / Cindy Leuchtenburg
- Annabel Ottowa / Caitlin Feasey
Congratulations to all the competitors. Hopefully, next year will see just as fierce competition and terrific snow conditions!