U.S. Ski Team member AJ Ginnis of Waitsfield, Vt., won the grand prize of $10,000 on Saturday in the Rocky Mountain Classic stop of the World Pro Ski Tour at Snowmass, Colo., edging out fellow national team member David Chodounsky of Crested Butte, Colo., in the finals.
Under sunny skies and racing on the dual side-by-side course featuring jumps and ruts, the 32 professional ski racers were cheered on by spectators in the race arena. The racers admitted that the conditions were challenging because the ruts got deeper as the day went on.
“It’s great being at Snowmass with a highly competitive field of racers, and obviously winning the overall prize feels tremendous,” Ginnis said. “Great skiing by Dave Chodounsky and all the other guys. I can’t wait for Sunday River to do it all over again.”
Ginnis won because he stuck with his line and didn’t get intimidated by who was racing next to him. Off the jumps he tried to have some direction to negotiate the ruts.
“We had a tremendous event at Snowmass today,” said Ed Rogers, president of the World Pro Ski Tour. “We look forward to continuing the momentum at the Visit Maine Pro Ski Championships at Sunday River, March 30 and 31.”
Top Four Finishers
- AJ Ginnis – Waitsfield, Vermont
- Dave Chodounsky- Crested Butte, Colorado
- Michael Ankeny – Wayzata, Minnesota
- Andreas Zampa – Slovakia
Complete results are available here.
Release courtesy of World Pro Ski Tour