Mt. Bachelor hosts slopestyle ski and snowboard competition

BEND, Ore. - Mt. Bachelor hosted a ski and snowboard United States of America Snowboard and Freeski Association (USASA) Slopestyle competition on Saturday February 22, and Sunday February 23, 2014. On Sunday, the event started at 10:45am. The clear day with temperatures in the low 30s made for perfect conditions.

Entry into the competition was open for people over the age of nine, with a $30 fee. The USASA Slopestyle event consisted of two rounds down the course for each participant. Parents of competitors watched and cheered from the side of the course. The course was set up underneath the main chairlift next to the main West Village lodge.

The competition allowed for competitors to gain points toward qualifying for the USASA National Championships. The Championships will be held in Copper Mountain, Colo., in early spring.

The winner of the oldest age group was 17-year-old snowboarder Joe Reed from Redmond, Wash. As a sponsored snowboarder, he frequently travels to, and wins, snowboarding competitions all over the west coast.

The Subaru Vertfest, a snow safety awareness festival, was also held at Mt. Bachelor on Sunday February 23, 2014. This brought a large crowd and many different vendors to the mountain, along with the usual weekend skiers. The Slopestyle competition finished up around 1:15pm on Sunday, with the results to follow at 3:30pm.