Fernie junior freeskier comes out on top at Revelstoke

A freeskier from Fernie showed judges she was the best on the mountain at the Junior North American Championships in Revelstoke.

A freeskier from Fernie showed judges she was the best on the mountain at the Junior North American Championships in Revelstoke.

Alex Beswick from Fernie finished first amongst 12-14-year-olds in girls skiing as Revelstoke Mountain Resort hosted the best young freeskiers in north America last week.

For five days, three qualifier days and two days of finals, 184 junior skiers from the International Freeskiers and Snowboarders Association Junior Events Tour of the Americas battled it out.

And it was quite the show as the kids showed no hesitation going big despite the challenging conditions presented by the lack of snow prior to the competition. Fortunately, just before the finals started, a storm dumped more than 20 cm on the resort.

In the finals, held in North Bowl, youngsters who were barely teenagers threw down 360s and showed little hesitation hitting some big airs. The older kids hit technical double drops and big straight lines.