Americans win, Kauf places fifth

The FIS Freestyle Moguls World Cup Tour came to an end on Sunday, with a lot for Americans to celebrate despite the dual moguls finals being canceled.

A heavy fog in Almaty, Kazakhstan caused the premature ending, but the U.S. skiers still came away with the FIS Freestyle Nations Cup in moguls for the first time since 2013, beating out Japan by almost 300 points.

Alta native Jaelin Kauf finished the cup standings in fifth place on 233 points, making up a run of four straight Americans in the top six. Hannah Soar was third, then Kai Owens fourth and Tess Johnson sixth.

“I think the fact we finished 3,4,5,6 is pretty cool,” Soar said. “I think it just goes to show how strong we are going into an Olympic season as a women’s team.”

Snowbird to host U.S. championships

U.S. Ski & Snowboard and Snowbird, Utah announced today that Snowbird will host the 2021 U.S. Freestyle Moguls National Championships March 22-26, featuring moguls and dual moguls competition. This marks the first time in 25 years that Snowbird will host the event. Snowbird has previously held Freestyle National Championships in 1994, 1995 and 1996.

Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows was originally scheduled to host the 2021 U.S. Freestyle Moguls National Championships. However, due to local COVID-19 health and safety protocols, the California resort is unable to run the event this year.

Upcoming at Snow King

Snow King is celebrating the end of the Summit Lift, which will be replaced with a gondola this summer.

The celebration will include a free locals appreciation ski day today. Snow King asks the public to join them for a beer at the summit of the mountain to toast the end of the era. There will also be Summit Lift commemorative gear available to purchase at the Snow King Mountain sports shop.

Before Summit Lift is gone for good, it will be spinning for the World Championship Snowmobile Hill Climb that is set to run March 25-28.

The Hill Climb is back this year after the pandemic caused its last-minute cancellation in 2020. The event venue will be limited to 1,000 spectators per day and lift tickets to access the mountain will also be limited.

Advance purchase of tickets is available online now. Visit SnowKingMountain.com for more information.

Become an aquatic species inspector

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is offering trainings for members of the public to become a certified Wyoming aquatic invasive species (AIS) inspector. These trainings will provide the skills necessary to inspect personally-owned and other watercraft as well.

The trainings include information on basic biology of invasive species, the impacts of AIS, transport vectors and distribution of AIS. It includes classroom instruction, a question-and-answer session and a hands-on watercraft inspection exercise. The trainings are free and open to anyone interested in preventing the spread of AIS through watercraft inspection.

Trainings are offered as a one-day course from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. throughout the spring in statewide locations. Registration deadline is one week prior to the class start date.

The Jackson training will run on June 19 at the Jackson Game and Fish regional office.

To register or for more information, contact Josh Leonard at 307-721-1374 or joshua.leonard@wyo.gov.

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