Two other Vermonters also fare well
April 15, 2010
By Stephanie Choate
Champlain Valley Union High School student Dylan Peters spent more than 100 days on his snowboard this winter, and it paid off.
Dylan Peters flips off a jump at the USA Snowboarding Association national championship, held at Copper Mountain, Colo. earlier this month.
Observer photo by Stephanie Choate
Dylan Peters, 17, holds his snowboard and his gold medal from the USA Snowboarding Association national championship, where he won the junior men’s slopestyle competition.
Earlier this month, Peters, 17, won the junior men’s slopestyle competition at the USA Snowboarding Association national championship, held at Copper Mountain, Colo.
“It was crazy,” said Peters, a Williston resident. “It was pretty amazing because I didn’t really know what to expect when I went out there.”
Peters said he almost broke his ankle while practicing a jump before his run.
“I just tied my boot really tight and ignored it,” he said. “I got through and landed everything, so I was pretty psyched.”
Nearly 60 riders competed in the junior men’s slopestyle championships. Peters won with a score of 74.5.
“It’s definitely a good way to end the season and it opened new doors to go to other events and meet more people in industry,” he said.
Peters said his sponsors — Ride Snowboards, Von Zipper and Odd Men Out — were also happy about the win.
“There’s no limit really, I guess,” Peters said of his goals. “My goals are to keep progressing, and learn new things and take it to new places and new contests. There’s always people to meet and videos to shoot and places to ride.”
Peters said he thought his inverted tricks helped clinch the victory. Peters started with back-to-back rodeos, a trick that involves spinning 540 degrees while flipping. He also did a backflip off one of the rails.
“It’s scary to watch him,” said his mother, Sue Peters.
“Dylan’s been jumping and flipping his whole life,” she said. “As a toddler he was jumping off things. The things have just gotten bigger.”
Peters also came in fifth in the halfpipe competition.
“Getting fifth was a pretty big accomplishment for me,” he said. “This was my first year really riding the pipe. I put it all together and I was excited about that.”
Peters wasn’t the only Vermonter to do well in the competition.
Charlotte resident and CVU sophomore Charlie Shea, a good friend of Peters, came in fourth in the slopestyle competition, with 69.3 points.
“(Peters) and I threw down some really great runs,” Shea said. “It shows that Vermont is not a quiet state out here.”
Shea said the competition included “the best of the best.”
“I just think it’s really cool that they bring everyone from all over the U.S. and put them in one competition,” he said.
Garrett Mernick of Shelburne took sixth place, scoring 65.7 points.
Peters also competed in the U.S. Open Snowboarding Championships in Stratton in March, and almost made it into the semi-final round, where he would have been riding against Olympians.
Peters said he usually rides four days a week, and skateboards in the summer. He spent his younger years riding at Bolton Valley Resort, and now trains with the Mt. Mansfield Snowboard Club at Stowe, coached by Mike Slaughter.
He missed four weeks of school to snowboard this year, though he took online courses and also attends Burlington Technical Center.
Peters said “it would definitely be cool” to snowboard professionally.
“I want to see how far I can pursue it and keep taking it to next level,” he said.