Connor Clayton wins silver during the rail jam open division class at Nationals.(Submitted photo)
Connor Clayton wins silver during the rail jam open division class at Nationals. (Submitted photo)

DOVER -- Freeskiers from Mount Snow Academy did not return from Copper Mountain empty handed.

"We had some great success out there," said coach Robby Sullivan. "We had three podium finishes then a fourth in an open class division."

The crew went out to the United States of America Snowboard and Freeski Association's National Championship event at Copper Mountain, Colo., which was held from March 29 to April 8. Participants required invitations.

Connor Clayton took second place in the rail jam open class division. He also took fourth place in the open class slopestyle event, which is considered a high level event sanctioned by the Association of Freeskier Professionals. He competed against United States Ski Team members.

After competing in AFP contests all season, Clayton was invited to the AFP World Championships at Whistler Blackcomb in British Columbia, where only the top 100 ranked skiers are invited. Currently, academy alumni Devin Logan is ranked number one within the association while Carinthia Pro Team rider Nick Goepper is included in men's top 25.

Although Clayton will not be heading to Whistler, Sullivan said the invite was a big honor.

Calvin Lyons took second place in rail jam for men ages 16 and older. He is a student at Brattleboro Union High School.

"Calvin skied really well," said Sullivan. "He had some really unique lines. He caught the judges' eyes with his creativity and use of the course.


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He kind of went out and skied it his way and it worked really well for him."

Caroline Claire, of Wilmington, took second place in rail jam for women ages 13 to 15. She was the defending champion in slopestyle but experienced some difficulty with getting enough speed during her run.

With the season over, Sullivan reflected on his students' achievements.

"We had a great year from the base level through the lead athletes. Every kid on the team qualified for some national level event," he said. "We had a good crew of kids. Pretty much everyone is returning except for our seniors. We're excited and looking forward to it."

There will be some camps held throughout the summer. To learn more about the camps, visit mountsnowacademy.org or e-mail rsullivan@mountsnowacademy.org.

Chris Mays can be reached at 802-254-2311, ext. 273, or cmays@reformer.com. Follow Chris on Twitter @CMaysReformer.