MISSOULA — The Missoula Freestyle Team is hosting its annual regional competition for moguls skiing this weekend at Montana Snowbowl.
There will be approximately 34-40 skiers aged 6-20 from the Pacific Northwest who will be competing at 11 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Skiers can earn points based on their placing that will go toward qualifying for junior nationals or nationals.
“There will be some high-level junior skiers here, a couple who are top five in the country in their age group,” Missoula Freestyle Team co-director Donovan Power said. “Three of the stronger clubs in the Pacific Northwest region will be here with us, the Bridger Ski Foundation in Bozeman and Sun Valley, Idaho.”
Skiers will compete in single moguls on Saturday, getting two runs each and using their highest score to determine the winner. There will be a boys winner and girls winner.
The dual moguls will take place on Sunday. Each skier will take one run and be seeded in a bracket based on their scoring. Skiers will then compete head to head, and the one with the higher score will advance in the bracket. There will be a boys winner and a girls winner.
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Both mogul competitions will take place on Sunrise Bowl at Snowbowl. The slope is a 24-degree angle, is 12 meters wide (39.37 feet) and 210 meters long (688.976 feet). Skiers can go down one of three mogul courses and must make two different jumps on their way down.
The skiers will be judged by a panel of three judges. Scoring will be based 20 percent on speed, 20 percent on jumps and 60 percent on turns, which is a mix of balanced turns, keeping knees and feet together, skiing under control and making round turns.
“Our course is one of the easier ones they’ll ski on,” Power said. “It’s a good way for everybody to start. It’s a little bit more forgiving. It’s a really good place to start your season to have a building block to go along.”
He added: “It’s not very steep, but it’s expert, double black diamond-level skiing just because it’s super firm turns and the jumps are big.”