NEWRY, Maine — Snowboarder Jordan Sanford, 14, of Shapleigh, Maine took top honors at the Next Snow All-Stars event held Feb. 2-3 in Steamboat, Colo. Sanford’s home resort is Sunday River and he is a participant in the Gould-Sunday River (GSR) Competition Program. The event will air nationwide on NBC Feb. 25 at 1 p.m.
Four events combined to crown Sanford as the overall winner in the snowboard category. Sanford placed 1st in Superpipe, 1st in Slopestyle, 3rd in Big Air and 4th in Big Mountain against competitors from across the country. Full results and competition rules are available at www.nextsnow.com .
Female Sunday River snowboarder Taylor Owen, 13, of New London, N.H. also had a strong showing at the All-Stars event. Owen placed 3rd in Superpipe, 2nd in Slopestyle, 2nd in Big Air and 2nd in Big Mountain. Her overall score earned a 3rd place overall finish.
The Sports Illustrated Kids Next Snow Search is an all-mountain snowsports event that is about more than just skiing or snowboarding skills. Individual style, attitude and personality are also factors used to determine the winner. Boys and girls compete together in one class. Skiers, snowboarders and adaptive skiers ages 9-13 are eligible.
The GSR Program provides a variety of programs to fit the needs of young athletes with established skiing and snowboarding skills who desire to become more proficient in alpine, freestyle or snowboard competition. Athletes are given the opportunity to learn, train and compete with their peers in a healthy and positive way. All programs are open to skiers and riders ages 8 – 19 and meet on weekends and holidays. Groups are based on age and skill level, and athlete-to-coach ratios are generally 8:1. More information on the GSR program is available by calling (207) 824-5880.
Current conditions in Sunday River’s five terrain parks and Superpipe are available at www.sundayriver.com/parks.
More information about the Next Snow Search is available at www.nextsnow.com