It was a big weekend all around the Cascades for Hood River Valley High School skiers.
In Bend, Tanner Boudreau took first in the slopestyle free skiing portion of a Gatorade Free Flow Tour competition, earning a trip to Utah to compete in the Free Flow Tour championship Feb. 12-13.
The event will take place during the finals for the Winter Dew Tour, and be held on the same course. The top two finishers in that event earn a spot to compete against professional skiers and snowboarders in next year's Winter Dew Tour.
Eighteen-year-old Boudreau threw down numerous tricks in his second run, including a 900, to score 85 points and edge Connor Bennett of Bend for the top spot.
Other Hood River competitors at the event were Hudson Knoll and Kevin Lund.
Knoll took fourth in the Super Pipe, with Lund sixth. In the slopestyle competition Knoll was fifth and Lund 15th.
Meanwhile, back on Mount Hood, the HRVHS ski team competed without some of its top talent, but still won a league GS race at Ski Bowl and a Freestyle event at Meadows Friday.
The size and depth of the team meant there were plenty of participants to go around with both freestyle and racing events last weekend - and the Eagles won them all.
Thirteen team members participated in a slopestyle event at Mt. Hood Meadows Friday night, with the Hood River boys taking first place with 185 points, narrowly edging out Lakeridge by three points.
Sophomore Brendan Kerr took first place in the event with a total of 24.75 points, followed by Taylor Cranmer in sixth place, Brodie Sutherland in seventh, Eric Nance in eighth, Nick Cooper and Levi Roeseler tied for ninth, and Sean Crompton and Sean Lund tied for 11th. Without a lot of competition on the girls' side, Kirra Paulus took first place, Kayla Shurton second place, and Hannah Hurley third place.
Close to 20 team members represented HRV at the Mount Hood league's first GS race on Saturday at Ski Bowl. At the GS event, both the boys and girls teams placed first. The Eagle boys placed four in the top five, and the girls placed three in the top four.
Pierce Whalen took first place with a 2.72 second lead over two runs, followed by teammate Cade Scroggins in second, Callum Brock third, Ryan Colesar fifth and Ben Fischer 10th. They were followed by Sean Crompton 14th, Nick Cooper 15th and Sage Deenik 22nd.
"This was our first league race with Cade Scroggins, but we lost Tanner (Boudreau) and Eric (Nance) to other events, and still won easily. The team's depth has been the force to reckon with in the league," Nance said.
For the HRV girls, Korey Cimock placed first, Sadie Sheppard third, Megan Sears fourth, Kirra Paulus eighth, Hannah Mears ninth and Molly Clarke 10th. Allyson Hicks-Lynch placed 16th, Addie Rouse 17th, Allie Ferrick 18th and Gabby Dittenhofer 22nd.
Next Saturday the league competes in its second GS event at Mt. Hood Meadows.
The HRV Nordic ski team had a strong showing at a race at Teacup Saturday morning. Nine racers competed, a full contingent for the second-year team. The 5K Classic course was frozen granular and made for easy waxing and fast downhills. Over 150 racers competed in the event.
Sam Wiley had the top result for HRV, placing 36th in 22:52. Marit Knapp had the top result on the girls' side, placing 37th in 25:44.6, followed by Jihelah Greenwald in 39th at 25:51.3 and Althea Dillon in 41st at 25:59.3. Delia Dolan finished 44th in 26:19.4, Petra Knapp 60th in 28:19.8, Riley Jackson 72nd in 31:11.3, Sophi Zega 32:18.7 and Gabriella Whitehead 94 in 39:53.1
The next race will be a Classic/Skate Pursuit Race at Mt. Hood Meadows on Feb. 12, which is a qualifier for the upcoming state meet in Bend on Feb. 25 and 26.
The HRV snowboarding team was also in action at Meadows Saturday with both the Hood River boys and girls taking second place.
Isaiah Arnold led the way for the Hood River boys with a score of 64 and eighth-place individual finish. Nick Dancer was right behind him in ninth place with 63 points. Wendel Barton was 11th with 60 points and River Rudhe and Reed Holyoak tied for 15th place with 54 points.
Aspen Inouye was second in the girls competition with 54 points, while Abigail Agersea was fourth with 32 points.