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Get to Know the High Roller Team

Heavenly High Roller Team 2012.2013

Get to know some of Heavenly’s High Roller Team members with a few Q’s & A’s!

Kyle Smaine

Discipline: Ski slopestyle, halfpipe, big mountain, skiercross
Top Comp Spots Last Year: 1st place North Face Open Halfpipe Northstar, 1st place Rahlves Banzai Alpien Meadows, 2nd place Rahlves Banzai Squaw Valley, 1st place Rev Tour Halfpipe Northstar, 3rd place War of Rails, 16th place Grand Prix Halfpipe Copper, 7th place North Face Open Slopestyle Northstar
Best Trick: Worm Turn and Screamin’ Seamen
Favorite Snow: Powder and spring park
Year Started Skiing: 1993
Sponsors: Heavenly, Fischer, Oakley, Toko, Seirus, South Shore Snow

Joanna “PNut” Dzierzawski

Nickname: PNut
Discipline: Snowboard slopestyle
Top Comp Spots Last Year: 1st place Mammoth Grand Prix Slopestyle, 3rd place Snow Basin Dew Tour Slopestyle Championship, 6th place Stratton U.S. Open Slopestyle
Favorite Snow: Fluffy pow or fresh groomers
Year Started Snowboarding: 2003
Fun/Interesting Fact: I started skiing in Wisconsin when I was 3, I’m 100% Polish, and I learned to speak English when I was 6.
Sponsors: Heavenly, 686, Arnette, Bern, Phunkshun Wear, One Ball Jay, Tahoetrailbar.com, Bear Paw, Ride

Justin Morgan

Nickname: JDubs
Discipline: Snowboarding
Best Trick: Switch backside double cork 1260
Top Comp Spots Last Year: 3rd place Killington Dew Tour, 2nd place Canadian Open, 3rd place U.S. Open Big Air, 1st place Aspen Open
Favorite Snow: Powder and sunny days
Year Started Snowboarding: Started when I was 13 years old
Fun/Interesting Fact: I love to wakeboard!
Sponsors: Heavenly, Echelon Snowboards, Smith Optics, Phunkshun Wear, Candygrind, Drake, Northwave

Brent Whipple

Discipline: Ski slopestyle
Best Trick: Switch cork 1080
Favorite Snow: Packed powder, soft but fast
Top Comp Spots Last Year: 1st place On Course South Shore Winter Kickoff Rail Assault, Finalist at Rev Tour Slopestyle Northstar
Year Started Skiing: 2002
Fun/Interesting Fact: I like danger and all action sports including skiing, skating, biking and more.
Sponsors: Heavenly, Fischer, Bern, Tall Treez, Vitamin Water, Shoreline at Tahoe, NorMedical

Natalie Vitalie

Discipline: Snowboard slopestyle and freestyle
Favorite Snow: Blue bird days with knee deep powder!
Top Comp Spots Last Year: 1st place USASA Nationals Rail Jam, 1st place USASA Nationals Slopestyle, 1st place USASA Slopestyle #2, 4th place USASA X-Games Rail Jam
Year Started Snowboarding: 6 years ago
Fun/Interesting Fact: I love digital media – photography, filming, and editing. I play the drums and XBox too.
Sponsors: Heavenly, Status Snowboards, Zeal Optics, Alone Collective, Push Fitness Tahoe, TBApparel

Scottie “Banger” Hoffman

Nickname: Scottie Banger
Discipline: Snowboard slopestyle, freestyle, urban
Best Trick: Backside nine, mute
Top Comp Spots Last Year: 1st place Buckle Up Big Air, 1st place Sushi Pier Rail Jam, 1st place On Course Rail Jam, 2nd place Snowboarder Mag Superpass, 2nd place Vans High Standard Double Big Air, 2nd place Volcom Peanut Butter Rail Jam Mammoth, 3rd place On Course Rail Jam SLT Ice Rink
Favorite Snow: Powder and corn snow
Year Started Snowboarding: 1999
Fun/Interesting Fact: I catch big fish!
Sponsors: Heavenly, Shoreline of Tahoe, One Ball Jay, Von Zipper, Mediya

You can find Heavenly’s High Roller Team members riding Heavenly’s fine tuned and better than ever parks this season! The High Roller Team members are also ripping up competitions and filming all over the world this year.

High Roller Terrain Parks have three parks across Heavenly Mountain, including Groove Park (small), Ante Up Park (medium), and High Roller Park (large). After a 5-year hiatus, High Roller Parks have brought back a halfpipe and it stands 18’ tall and 450’ long in High Roller Park.

Get the latest terrain park news, updates, events and more by following High Roller Parks on facebook. Have rad terrain park photos? Make sure to post them to the facebook or tag them on Instagram and Twitter with #heavenlyorbust and #highrollerparks.

See you on the snow!

~Ashley Smith
Communications Coordinator


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