Two Squamish skiers earned a golden ticket to the invite-only IFSA North American Championships at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort in Golden, B.C.
Ryder Bulfone and Kayley Sherlock qualified to compete among 175 junior athletes who are 12 to 18 years old.
In March, Bulfone and Sherlock earned their spots through their performances at the IFSA Regional Freeride Competition in Washington state. The 10-minute hike up the Silver King ride led to the steep technical face and 30 centimetres of fresh powder — where there were more than 20 crashes, but no serious injuries.
Bulfone was first in the 15 to 18 male category, and with the highest score in the competition against 110 other skiers. Sherlock also snagged first place, in the 12 to 14 female category.
On their home turf at the Whistler IFSA Junior National Freeride Competition in March, the competition took to Blackcomb's The Bite and the famous Saudan Couloir, with spring conditions. Again, there were many crashes but no serious injuries. Sherlock was also the first in her category, dominating her division. Bulfone came in fourth in his category out of 46 other skiers.
Next, the two skiers will compete in Kicking Horse for the NorAm championships on April 6 to 13.