The 6th Annual Queens Cup Recap
In its 6th year, The Queens Cup Open was the ultimate battle royal between shredder ladies. This year's competition welcomed bigger spins, harder technical rail trickery, smiles and high fives from all participants.
Emma Whitman, photo: Riley Snyder
The weekend started off with the Pro Throw Down, where snowboarder Steph Sue Feld and skier Veronica Kelly were named the Queens of Jibbing in their respected disciplines. With 30 competitors Steph and Veronica earned their titles and were rewarded with $500 each.
Steph Sue Feld, photo: Riley Snyder
Veronica nailed tricks like blind and front switch ups over the rail- gap- box feature, 450s out of the front box and fast plant 270s on the down box. Steph did a front flip off of the flat box, surprising the crowd and getting a huge reaction from both judges and onlookers.
Veronica Kelly, photo: Riley Snyder
On Saturday, the stakes were set high again and skier girls competed against each other to be named the Queen of Slopestyle. Under bluebird skies, it was New Mexico's Nadia Gonzales who earned the title and won herself $500 as well as a pair of Moment skis. Nadia threw tip top rail tricks into a switch 540, right 360 and left 720 to earn her title.
Erica Durtschi and Taylor Lundquist, photo: Riley Snyder
In second place was 17 year old, Park City local Taylor Lundquist. Taylor scored a perfect score in the rail section by throwing rail tricks like a 270 on, switch up, 270 out of the up- down box and also received Boom Botix's biggest boom of the day award. Whistler's Emma Whitman came in third by throwing smooth grabbed 360s and cork 720s in addition to smooth rail tricks.
Catherine Warchal, photo: Riley Snyder
In Queens Cup fashion, product was awarded to the team that performed best overall. This year it was Erica Durtschi's team of Moo Eakin, Maggie Vosin, Taylor Lundquist and Alana English.
Annabel Blake, photo: Riley Snyder
Overall the Queens Cup is about commradery and progression in women's skiing. Waking up Sunday morning to a reported 6 inches (which skied more like a foot) of fresh powder, the girls decided to forgo the halfpipe competition in leu of skiing pow. While we would have been stoked to see what these girls were ready to throw down in the Eagle Superpipe, it was impressive to see these girls charging Park City's agressive terrain by hiking Jupiter Peak, going off cliffs and down steep chutes.
Queen's Cup 2011 Results:
The Pro Throw Down Rail Jam Winners
Veronica Kelly (skier)
Steph Sue Feld (snowboarder)
1st - Nadia Gonzales
2nd - Taylor Lundquist
3rd - Emma Whitman
4th - Cat Warchal
5th - Julia Krass
6th - Marley Rodwick
7th - Veronica Kelly
8th - Alexi Micinski
9th - Annabel Blake
10th - Alana English
Erica Durtschi (coach)
BoomBotix Biggest Boom of the Day - Taylor Lundquist - 270 on, switch up, 270 out