Hawkins, Raffa Receive Project Gold Invitations
STRATTON—Stratton Mountain School Freeski athletes Bode Raffa `22 and Zylis Hawkins `20 have been invited by the U.S. Freeski team to attend the 2019 Project Gold Camp, joining peers Charlie Gnoza `21 and Montana Osinski `21.
The elite performance camp will take place between June 5 and 12 in Mammoth, California and provide participants with some of the world’s best training facilities and coaching in order to take their skiing to the next level. Athletes with “outstanding performances this season” at events like the Revolution Tour, Rev Elite Tour, and USASA Nationals are invited to participate in this progression camp.
Hawkins began his season with gold in the Men’s Pro Division at the USASA Southern Vermont Series Rail Jam at Stratton Mountain Resort on December 16 and followed it up with another gold medal at the second Stratton Rail Jam. He claimed 2nd and 4th at the USASA Slopestyle hosted by Carinthia, and finished 10th among the Open Class Men at the USASA Rocky Mountain Series Revolution Tour Slopestyle Qualifier later that month. Hawkins also place 7th in Big Air at the Aspen Open.
In the Toyota U.S. Revolution Tour Slopestyle competition at Pennsylvania’s Seven Springs Hawkins finished 7th, and followed it up with an 11th place finish among the elite field at the Mammoth Mountain Revolution Tour event. At USASA Nationals Hawkins finished 15th in Slopestyle, 8th in the Open Class Rail Jam, and 11th in Big Air.
Raffa claimed 5th in Rail Jam at the USASA Rail Jam hosted by Stratton Resort in December, finishing 5th once again the following month. At the next USASA event, a Slopestyle competition hosted by Carinthia Parks, Raffa led the men with 1st, 2nd, and 12th place finishes. At the Powder Ridge Double Header he claimed silver and bronze in Rail Jam and Slopestyle respectively, and later finished 4th at the Ragged Mountain Rail Jam. Raffa went on to compete at the Seven Springs Revolution Tour, and finished 20th in Slopestyle at USASA Nationals.
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.