Gnoza Claims Silver to Lead SMS Freeskiing at USASA Nationals
COPPER MOUNTAIN—Stratton Mountain School Freeskiing athlete Charlie Gnoza `21 claimed silver in the FIS Open Class Men’s Slopestyle at USASA Nationals to lead a collection of great results for the SMS Freeskiing team at the event.
Gnoza took 2nd among a field of 67 athletes, 12 of which advanced to the 12-man final. Zylis Hawkins `20 finished 15th in that competition, as well as 8th in the Open Class Rail Jam. Gnoza and Hawkins both advanced to finals in the Open Class Men’s Big Air competition, in which Gnoza finished 5th and Hawkins placed 11th.
Durham Jones `23 also landed in the top-five, finishing 4th (out of 73 athletes age 10-13) in the Breaker Boys Slopestyle, and Peyton Gray `24 finished 59th. Jones took 6th in the Breaker Boys Rail Jam, and Gray claimed 17th.
Max Hasaj `21 found success in the Youth Men’s Slopestyle, finishing 6th out of 78 athletes age 14 to 15 followed by Matt Madden `22 in 19th, Bode Raffa `22 in 20th, and Alex Wasyliko `22 in 41st. In the Youth Men Rail Jam, Raffa took 10th among 60 athletes, followed by Hasaj in 16th.
Congratulations to all!
Stratton Mountain School is an independent boarding and day school that focuses on college preparatory academics and competitive winter sports. Located at the base of Stratton Mountain, SMS serves students in grades 7 – 12.