From Lakewood and skiing with the Winter Park Freeski Team, local brothers took home multiple medals at the Copper Mountain USASA National Championships. Noah Ladd (17), Lakewood High School junior, took home the overall title for his performance in the Halfpipe, Skiercross, and Slopestyle competitions in the 16-17 age class. This included taking 2nd in the Halfpipe competition.
His youngest brother, Connor (13), a 7th grader at Creighton Middle School, won the National Championship in Slopestyle for the 12-13 age class with his tricks being a right cork 720, left cork 900, to a switch misty 900 and 450's on and off the rail section. Connor also got 2nd place in the Halfpipe competition. He has 2 previous National Championships in Halfpipe as well, but was very excited to take home this title which has eluded him for years.
Middle brother, Dylan (15), did not take home any medals this year, but he did walk away with the Highest Air and Best trick award from his Halfpipe Open Class run which included a right cork 900 that was approximately 15 feet out of the pipe. He also won the Hard Charger award from his slopestyle run that included a Double Cork 1260. Dylan is a freshman at Lakewood High School and recently returned from being 1 of 4 junior men representing the US at the Junior World Halfpipe Championships in Crans-Montana, Switzerland where he took 7th place.
All 3 brothers have lived in Lakewood their entire lives. Beginning late December, 2016, they moved to Silverthorne for the ski season and completed their school work through Jeffco's Virtual Academy. They are returning to Lakewood this week and hope to use the next month to catch up on all their school work. They are all pre-qualified to compete on next year's USSA Rev Tour and plan to do so.