Feb 15, 2011
Author: Kara Rennie
A 14 hour drive and one more time getting hassled at the boarder, I'm back in my home country for the third annual Burton Canadian Open. I've made it to all three Canadian Opens so far, and this year is by far the best slope course they've had. I ventured alone, but met up with some friends from all over the globe. I was the only Nikita girl. Stefi Luxton from NZ said it was her first time in Canada! Silje and Enni fresh off the X Games podium became my shopping buddies for a day. However, I mostly hung out with my Dad, who was in Calgary for a business trip. It was freezing the day most people arrived with temperatures at -25 C. For all you Americans, that's approximately -13 F. Not even 24 hours later it was on the verge of raining. Great for the weather to warm up but the ugly clouds made it hard to see. I didn't stick around for the whole thing but I heard it got windy, and everyone was still killing it. I hurried back home to Park City to try and get a few days in before Snow Basin Dew Tour. Dad stayed and watched finals, he was also pretty stoked to meet one of his favourite riders (other than me of course) Jamie Anderson.
Accidentally took the scenic route through Montana.
Stefi Luxton and I at the start gate.
Stefi with the view of Calgary.
Myself (Kara Rennie), Silje Norendal, and Enni Rukajärvi.
Stefi Luxton cab 5.
Tuesday, 15 February 2011
Feb 15, 2011
Author: Kara Rennie
I was given a chance to spend the week in Breckenridge and I figure what better time to go, with SIA and X Games going on? I grabbed a ride from a friend, leaving my car in Park City, and therefore making it very difficult to get around anywhere further then the town of Breckenridge. I did however make it to the Winter Park Burton Am, where myself and 11 other girls rode our best for a chance to take home some bills and bump up our TTR points.
Winter Park Village after a long day.
The course was really fun, three jumps and two rails. It was my first time at Winter Park—I always get excited riding new resorts. Congrats to the girls who made the podium! Heal quick Stephy—a broken collarbone from a backside rodeo, but still in good spirits.
Winter Park Burton Am Slope results:
1. Heather Baroody
2. Haille Soderholm
3. Michelle Zeller
4. Ariel Friedman
5. Kara Rennie
6. Stephanie Feld
The whole week was bluebird, I had a great time riding with my friends, and doing some power laps alone. A couple days I spent riding with Silje Norendal, a 17 years-old girl from Norway, who inspired me to try new things and sew my pants. Thanks for that.
Lauren and Alexa at X Games.
By Sunday it was time to get back to PC, my friend Lauren picked me up and we stopped in Aspen for a quick minute to check out the last day of X Games. Alexa met us and we had a great two hours or so hanging out at the Oakley truck and watching men's slope finals.
Lauren and I hanging out at Oakley.
Super stoked for the boys who made podium, Seb Toots, Mark McMorris, and Tyler Flanegan (child-prodigy podium right there). Also congrats to my good friend Sage Kotsenburg for taking 3rd in Big Air a couple nights before. It's amazing what the not so little, little guys can do these days.
X Games slope, pipe and big air.
Monday, 14 February 2011
I was invited back to the last stop of the Winter Dew Tour at Snowbasin Utah. Ilissa and Aimee Maiatico flew in from Canada to hang out and write this story on SBC. All my best friends were there and the weather was beautiful. I ended up in 9th place, while Jordie took 4th and Madison 6th. Ice CUBE!