Thea Hardy, PR at Sierra-at-Tahoe, said in a press release that Sierra elite athletes Jamie Anderson, Maddie Bowman, Hannah Teter and Kyle Smaine, are in Aspen, Colorado, for the annual X Games. These athletes are mentored and sponsored by Sierra-at-Tahoe, and are hometown skiers and riders at Sierra.
The X Games is an annual extreme sporting event where invited athletes compete for the chance to win bronze, silver and gold medals, as well as prize money. The event is a showcase of skills in every category. The best of the best go head to head for the podium spots.
Well-known for its commitment to both freestyle terrain parks and maintaining one of Lake Tahoe’s best halfpipes, Sierra is proud to be home to some of the best athletes in the world. Sierra-at-Tahoe continues to support their elite athletes. They encourage and mentor up and coming skiers and riders in their program.
Jamie Anderson, Women’s Snowboard Slopestyle, is riding very strong and will look to land on another X Games podium. Anderson recently won the Laax Open in Switzerland, Snowboarder Magazine’s #1 Women’s Rider of the year, has ten Winter X Games medals and is an Olympic Gold Medalist. She was the youngest Winter X Games gold medalist ever in 2007. With a large bag of tricks, smooth style and consistent riding, she is a strong favorite heading into this year’s Women’s Slopestyle.
Maddie Bowman, Women’s Ski Superpipe, continues to ski well and will look to win her fourth consecutive Halfpipe Gold Medal at X Games. Bowman continues to top the Association of Freeskiing Professionals rankings and has been nominated for two ESPYs: Best Female Action Sports Athlete and Best Female Olympian.
No stranger to Winter X Games and big events, Hannah Teter, Women’s Snowboard Superpipe, will take part in the opening ceremony for the Special Olympics Unified Snowboarding Final as the Global Ambassador. Teter is a 2006 Olympic Halfpipe Gold Medalist and a 2010 Silver Medalist, and a regular on Sierra’s trails and parks.
Kyle Smaine, Mens Ski Superpipe, will compete at X Games for the first time this year. Smaine took gold at the Freestyle Ski and Snowboard World Championships last January in Austria. Not lacking in style, creativity and talent, he will be exciting to watch in Aspen.
In addition to a strong athlete connection to Winter X Games, Sierra-at-Tahoe has a longstanding relationship with Snow Park Technologies (SPT), the company responsible for designing and building all of the courses at Winter X Games. SPT provides Sierra with training, guidelines, building resources and design ideas throughout the winter season. That same brainpower is now building and maintaining the Slopestyle, Big Air and Pipe for Winter X Games and contributes to Sierra athletes training, and competing on the best freestyle terrain in the nation.
Sierra-at-Tahoe is experiencing a fantastic snow year. Snow continues to fall in the Sierra, with Sierra’s trails getting fresh powder on a regular basis. Hardy encourages skiers and riders to make the trip to Sierra to enjoy not only the snow, but the welcoming and family friendly atmosphere of the resort.