By Stan Pawlik
This past weekend was a busy competition for the Holiday Valley Freestyle Team (HVFT) “A” skiers. Killington played host to a mogul competition on Saturday, Feb. 16 and dual mogul competitions on Sunday, Feb, 17 and Monday, Feb. 18. HVFT had eight competitors make the trip to Vermont for the event that was rescheduled due to warm weather earlier this month.
Adam Zuckerman had his most successful weekend skiing in the Eastern Championship Series on a steep and challenging course that saw many competitors crashing and having difficulty skiing “clean,” top-to-bottom runs. Adam had solid training runs throughout the weekend, which carried through to the competitions on the Outer Limits course each day. In the single event on Saturday, Adam had a solid qualifying run and was in fifth after the first run. He skied faster and went bigger with his bottom back flip to improve his score by almost two points. He finished the day with a fifth place finish.
In the two dual mogul events, Adam advanced to the semi-finals both days and unfortunately was eliminated each time due to crashes. On Sunday, he was able to rebound back from his semi-final loss to win his dual and take third place. On Monday, Adam again was skiing in the dual for third place, but had to settle for fourth place. In the three days of competition he was able to come home with a third and fourth place finish in the duals and a fifth place in singles.
In the single mogul event on Saturday, several competitors struggled with the course and had crashes coming out of their landing of the top jump. Four Holiday Valley skiers managed to put together top-to-bottom runs and qualify for a second run. Along with Adam, were Nick DiDonato, Bryce Putman and Chris Hartnagel. Nick was the only one able to crack the top 20 and finished in 15th place.
In the dual mogul event on Sunday, Macy Putman, Adam, Rylan Evans, and Matt and Nick DiDonato all advanced into the third round of duals. Moving through this round and into the quarterfinals were Adam and Matt. When all was done, Matt finished in sixth place and Adam third.