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Unconventional Terrain competition awes crowd at MRG

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02/12/2009

Mad River Glen's Unconventional Terrain Competition took place this past Saturday, February 7, and was a great success with some fantastic skiing on Liftline below Mad River's Single Chair including a descent over the legendary Tower 10 cliff band.

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Mother Nature conspired to challenge the competitors with very challenging conditions. The competition was the first of three events in the Mad River Glen Triple Crown Competition Series. The Unconventional Terrain competition is a test of the skier's ability to conquer Mad River's legendary expert terrain, considered the most challenging ski terrain in New England. Judging for the event is based on smoothness, creativity, turn quality, and difficulty of line.  

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Mad River Glen freestyle coach Silas Chickering Ayers grabbed first place in the men's alpine division with a smooth and aggressive run down the grueling course. Tom Licata snatched second place with MRG's own Andy Weiss taking third. Ashleigh Pare took first place in the women's division followed hard on her heels by Tange Barbour of Hinesburg and Emma Lande. Paul Lesure's aggressive run gave him his second consecutive Unconventional Terrain Competition crown. Reigning Triple Crown Telemark champ Dave Bouchard grabbed second with Stephen Klaffky placing third.

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With one Triple Crown event down and two to go, the race to determine Mad River's best skiers is beginning to take shape. The next Triple Crown event is the Vertical Challenge on Friday, February 27. For more information on the Triple Crown visit the Mad River website at www.madriverglen.com/triplecrown.

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