U.S. Revolution Tour halfpipe winner Kelly Berger (middle) assumes the top-step position at Mount Snow, VT. Kirby Kelly and Hannah Trigger are to her right and left, respectively. (Nick Alexakos/USSA)
MOUNT SNOW, VT (Mar. 14)—Under sunny skies with warm temperatures, U.S. Revolution Tour rookie Kelly Berger (Mammoth Lakes, CA) took her first U.S. Revolution Tour victory of 2011-2012 at Mount Snow, VT. Mount Bachelor Sports Education Foundation's Kent Callister (Bend, OR) took second at Mount Snow as well as the overall men's halfpipe title. Callister swept the halfpipe and slopestyle events at the Ostego Mountain, MI stop earlier this year. Haille Soderholm (Prior Lake, MN) was the overall winner for women's halfpipe.
Berger's run went: Backside air, frontside 5 McTwist, Front 7, Cab 5.
Berger had competed at the Copper Mountain, CO and Northstar-at-Tahoe, CA stops and took fourth at both. This first place is a personal best for her.
Berger was also named the 2012 Rev Tour Rookie of the Year.
This is the fourth and final stop of the U.S. Revolution Tour after contests at Copper Mountain, CO (Dec. 18-22), Northstar-at-Tahoe, CA (Jan. 8-13), and Ostego, MI (Jan. 29-Feb. 3).
The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association's Revolution Tour is geared towards helping young athletes grow their competitive ski and snowboard skills. The Revolution Tour features over $31,000 in prizes.
The U.S. Revolution Tour's halfpipe and slopestyle events are sanctioned as 4-Star TTR Events/AFP Bronze.
U.S. Grand Prix invites go to top finishers.
U.S. Open invitations go to the overall snowboarding tour winners.
"[The pipe] was very soft, but it was a lot of fun. It's really exciting. This is my first year doing Rev Tour so it's a good accomplishment. I'm excited."
"That [run] was definitely the plan and I was hoping it was the winning run and luckily it was."
"[It] was really nice, sunny and warm. It was definitely not the Vermont that I know."