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GRAND NATIONALS' RESULTS

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An annual competition, which took place for over two decades, was first won by Pepi Stiegler and Peter Habeler, and a long tradition of participating and winning teams were fielded from some of the best resorts in the Rocky Mountain region, including Vail, Aspen, Whistler, Big Sky, Bridger Bowl, Snowbird and Sun Valley and more. Held outside of the ski area boundary, before the backcountry gates were open to the public, the event was nationally renowned for years, and winners were then sent to the World Championships held at Mike Wiegele’s Canadian heli ski operation. With the opening of the backcountry gates in the winter 1999-00, and the decreasing popularity of synchronized skiing, the resort stopped hosting the competition after 2001. JHMR is proud to bring back this time honored competition for the 50th anniversary celebrations. Teams will be judged on, synchronization, symmetry of the 8’s, and skiers style.

JHMR is bringing back the historic competition to the Powder 8 face of Cody Bowl, for our Grand Reunion Weekend. The nationally recognized event, which ran from 1975 until 2001, will be an invitational team contest with over $10,000 in cash and prizes. There will be a local qualifier for Jackson Hole teams on Saturday, January 16th with the finals being on Saturday, February 6th.

The competition will be on the Powder 8 face of Cody Bowl just outside the ski area boundary on Saturday, February 6th starting at 10:30am. We recommend viewing from Rendezvous Bowl or the top of the tram. People can also view from the bottom of the Power 8’s face but this is out of bounds and you need to know where you’re going, have a plan, avalanche training, and have your pack and avalanche safety gear ready. Just outside the ropes of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort lies dangerous, unmarked terrain features, please exercise extreme caution.

Dangerous terrain is not marked out of bounds and only the Powder 8’s face has been controlled for avalanche safety. Once you step outside the gates, you are doing so at your own risk.

Grand Reunion Weekend

LOCAL'S PREQUALIFIER RECAP


GRAND NATIONALS' RESULTS FEBRUARY 6, 2016

Rank Score Team
1 191

Jim Schanzenbaker
Thomas Roennau (Aspen) 

2 189 Nick Herrin
Troy Nedved (Big Sky/Crested Butte)
3 187 Chris Denny
Halsey Hewson (Local) 
4 186 Steve Cieciuch
Willi Glanzing (Telluride) 
5 185 Bart Flynn
George Flynn (Local)
6 178 Travis Crooke
Ryan Watts (Steamboat)
7 173 Brendan Levine
AJ Puccia (Local) 
8 168 Peter Huber
Tom Truss (Alta Ski Area) 
9 167 Tanner Flanagan
Jeff Leger (Local) 
10 167 Jon Hunt
Rick Hunt (Local) 
11 164 Sam Sehnert
Ethan Valenstein (Local) 
12 158 Josh Lautenberg
Frederick Rumford (Vail) 
13 155 Drew Kneeland
Kyle MacDowell (JHSP) 
14 154 Mike Janssen
Kris Lunde (JHMR MSS) 
15 152 Bart Conrad
Scott McGee (Snow King) 
16 148 Josh Fogg
Kevin Jordan (Aspen) 
17 140 Sarah Felton
Brigid Horigan (Local) 
18 135 Pat Campbell
Jamie Macintosh (Team Calico) 
19 132 AJ Cargill
Lynsey Dyer (GoPro) 
20 127 Crystal Wright
Jeff Annetts (JHMR) 
21 120 John Beattie
Dave Muccino (Local)
22 114 Theresa Gerdin
Victor Gerdin (Aspen)

Printable PDF GRAND NATIONALS' RESULTS

$5,000 Winning Team
$3,000 Runners Up
$2,000 Thirds

  • Entry Fee: $200/team gets each team a two-day lift ticket valid for February 6 & 7, 2016 and additional 50% off tickets are available upon
  • Lodging Specials Are Available to Confirmed Competitors

Not-To-Be-Forgotten: THE RULES + Judging Criteria of Five Select Judges TBA
USA Powder 8 Championship Rules

Three components, 15 points each

  • Synchronized Skiing, two skiers ski in synch to form the figure of linked 8's (not opposite synchronized)
  • Dynamic Skiing, both skiers use a blend of three ski performances (edging, twisting, bending) to maximize control, speed, shape, and synchronicity.
  • Roundness, symmetry, line of descent is a combination of three components. 
    • Roundness = round shaped turns.
    • Symmetry = turns from one side to the other are the same (left turns are the same as right turns).

Line of Descent = path of linked 8's should be straight down, not necessarily following the fall line.

Over 15 teams from around the Rockies have been invited to come to Jackson to compete in this restored tradition on Saturday, February 6th during the heart of JHMR’s continued 50th anniversary celebrations, namely the Grand Reunion Weekend Friday, February 5 – Sunday, February 7, 2016.
The nationally recognized event, which ran from 1975 until 2001, will feature:

  • Invited Teams from Surrounding Resorts
  • Jackson Hole Ski Patrol (Limit One Team)
  • Mountain Sports School (JHMR MSS Limited One Team)
  • JHMR Sponsored Athletes (Limit One Team)
  • Local Qualifier Winners

Taken together a total of 22 teams all gunning for over $10,000 in cash and prizes.


An annual competition, which took place for over two decades in the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort (then closed) Backcountry, was first won by Pepi Stiegler and Peter Habeler, and a long tradition of participating and winning teams were fielded from some of the best resorts in the Rocky Mountain region, including Vail, Aspen, Whistler, Big Sky, Bridger Bowl, Snowbird and Sun Valley and more-hopefully if not all of which are sending teams.  Held outside of the ski area boundary, before the backcountry gates were open to the public, the event was nationally renowned for years, and winners were then sent to the World Championships held at Mike Wiegele’s heli ski operation.  With the opening of the backcountry gates in the winter 1999-2000 and the decreasing popularity of synchronized skiing, the resort stopped hosting the competition after 2001.  JHMR is proud to bring back this time-honored competition for the 50th anniversary celebrations. As tradition would have it teams will be judged on, synchronization, symmetry of the 8’s, and skiers style. Five judges will be announced.