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High Roller Team Season Recap 2013

Heavenly’s High Roller Team athletes film, compete, and rip up terrain parks wherever they lay down their boards and skis.

The 2012-2013 season wasn’t a quite one for the team as they traveled all over the world, the country, and landed their names on the podiums.

Here’s a breakdown of where you saw our athletes this year (besides at Heavenly’s better-than-ever High Roller Parks):

Kyle Smaine

From Tahoe to France, Spain and Russia, he killed it in the halfpipe, big air, rail jams and on the slopestyle course.

His 2nd place at the SFR Tour in Tignes, France put him just barely behind Gus Kenworthy, just missing a spot in X Games Tignes.

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Photo by Nico Schlosser

Kyle placed 1st in the Alpine Meadows Trains event,  3rd in Daron Rahlves Banzai at Kirkwood, 6th in halfpipe at the North Face Open at Whistler, 9th in Big Air at the U.S. Grand Prix in Park City, and grabbed numerous other rankings in the World Cup in Sierra Nevada, Spain, the World Cup in Sochi, Russia, and more.

His plans for next year? Qualify for both of the winter X Games, compete in halfpipe Grand Prix events to qualify for the Olympics 2014, make top 10 in Dew Tour, film, and stay healthy.

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Photo by Nico Schlosser

Watch Kyle Smaine rip up the powder at Heavenly in December 2012, and in Heavenly’s halfpipe opening day video.

Joanna ‘PNut’ Dzierzawski
Joanna is constantly training, jumping, spinning, working out, and searching for the next competition. She has her eye on the Polish Olympic Team for Sochi 2014.

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This year she placed 2nd in Mammoth Mountain’s Volcom PB&J Rail Jam, 15th of 73 women at the World Cup in Spindleruv, Czech, 17th of 65 women in slopestyle at the World Cup in Quebec, Canada, and spun switch 5’s and front 5’s at many other comps.

Her plans are to train, hit up World Cups and hopefully make it to Sochi 2014.

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Justin Morgan
The talented, funny and outstanding snowboarder, Justin Morgan showed up to the game this winter, even with some broken ribs holding him out of a few competitions.

Justin snagged 1st in the Nescafe Big Air and Slopestyle, and 3rd at the Monster Shred Show Slope and Big Air in Whistler.

Heading to Mt Hood, Chile, Whistler and New Zealand this summer, Justin is non-stop and ready for training as he prepares and hopes to make it to the Olympics in 2014.

Watch for him next season in big events early on.

Check out Justin’s welcome video to the Heavenly High Roller Team.

Brent Whipple
Learning three double flips this season, and only being 18 years old, Brent has a lot of big things in his future. A fractured shoulder in January only put him out for two weeks and he still made his name known this year.

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Brent took 1st in the Park City Junior Championships for slopestyle, 2nd at the Junior World Championships in Valmelenco, Italy, 2nd and 3rd in the two slopestyle competitions he competed in at Sunday River’s USSA event, and 3rd at the Seven Springs Revolution Tour in slopestyle.

His plans are to continue his progression, win comps, and film.

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See Brent’s part in the Ante Up is open video.

Natalie Vitalie
Natalie’s always happy personality and stylish tricks make her one to watch out for. With training and filming in her future, you’re bound to see more contests, backcountry footage, and podiums.

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Photo provided by Natalie Vitalie

This year she took 1st in the USASA Open Class slopestyle January 13 as well 1st at the USASA rail jam, 2nd at the X Games rail jam in Aspen, 1st at the USASA rail jam on March 31, and 1st at the Diamond Peak Jiblet March 16.

Want to keep up with her? She’s always updating her website.

You can see Natalie in many of our videos including this Ante Up video and Groove Park video.

Scottie ‘Banger’ Hoffman
Scott Hoffman lightens a room with his fun personality and keeps the crowd cheering when he competes. Training and filming are his priorities and it pays off.

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Scott took 1st in the Sushi Pier rail jam, 1st at Sierra’s Rockstar Slopestyle, qualified for finals in Boreal’s Volcom PB&J rail jam and more.

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Scott Hoffman at the 2012 Nike Chosen event

Check him out in his numerous videos including Scottie ‘Banger’ does 23 tricks for his 23rd birthday, and Groove Park February 2013.

Big ups to Heavenly’s High Roller Team this year, Heavenly’s Terrain Park Manager Mike Thomas, the Terrain Park Crew at Heavenly, and the whole Heavenly Mountain Resort team.

Keep up-to-date with Heavenly this summer on facebook, Instagram and Twitter!

See you on the mountain and on the slopes for the 2013-2014 season,

~Ashley Smith
Communications Coordinator


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