If a butterfly flaps its wings in one part of the world, can it cause a hurricane in a different part of the world? That theory does exist. What we do know for sure though is that a rainstorm in Vermont can cause good fortune in Western New York.
A little over a week ago, Killington Resort was scheduled to hold a USSA “A” mogul competition but some unfortunate torrential rainfalls destroyed the mogul field and eventually, when the temperature dropped shortly thereafter, turned the slope into an unskiable sheet of ice. The decision was made to cancel the competition.
At that point a dedicated group of parents began exploring options on other locations to hold the event. On Thursday, January 31st, HoliMont decided that it would host the event and in approximately 48 hours, the Downspout slope, which previously only had mounds of manmade snow on it, was groomed out, bumped up, and turned into a mogul course worthy of a sanctioned competition.
Forty-four freestyle participants came to HoliMont from neighboring Holiday Valley, Killington, Waterville Valley, Bristol, Gould, Hunter, Killington Mountain School, and Seven Springs. Thanks to the hard work of the mountain crew, FLITE Team instructors, racing, and parent volunteers who worked far into the night to get the bumps ready for the competition, the meet was a tremendous success.
In the first meet, Allison Benedict from Killington came in first in the Women’s Overall. HoliMont’s own Maggie Ryan came in second and Georgia Wood from Killington Mountain School was third.
On the Men’s side, Robbie Andison from HoliMont took first place, showing off an impressive combination of aerial spins and speed through the bumps. Abe Studler from Killington was second, and Trevor Wahl from Killington took third.
For the second Women’s meet of the day, Allison Benedict from Killington was first, Maggie Ryan from HoliMont took second, and Georgia Wood from Killington Mountain School took third place.
Once again, HoliMont’s Robbie Andison captured first place on the Men’s side. Holiday Valley’s own Adam Zuckerman secured an impressive second place finish and Brian Kroetz from Bristol took third place.