Snow Angels Invitational Draws Best Women Snowboarders; Bleiler Takes 1st in Snowmass

Group Photo from 2008 Angels Invitational. Photo: Jeremy Swanson

OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE – Aspen/Snowmass, CO, April 5, 2008 – Gretchen Bleiler took home a significant prize of $10,000 Saturday, April 5, for dominating the inaugural CoverGirl Snow Angels Invitational. The competition was fierce, with nearly fifteen of the world's best women snowboarders competing for over $20,000 in prize money.

Elena Hight (3rd), Gretchen Bleiler (1st), Kelly Clark (2nd). Photo: Jeremy Swanson Final results:
1st – Gretchen Bleiler, Aspen, CO. – $10,000
2nd – Kelly Clark, Mount Snow, VT – $4,500
3rd – Elena Hight, South Lake Tahoe, CA – $2,000
4th – Hannah Teter, Belmont, VT – $1,000
5th – Manuela Pesko, Lenzerheide, Switzerland – $500
Best Trick – Kelly Clark with a frontside nine hundred
Highest Air – Kelly Clark
Most Progressive Riding – Gretchen Bleiler

Best Trick, highest air, and most progressive award winners received a spa therapy and message treatment good for the Snowmass Club during the ESPN Winter X Games 13, January 22-25, 2009.

Gretchen Bleiler, 1st Place. Photo: Jeremy Swanson

In addition to these awards, every athlete who competed received a portion of the $20,000 prize purse. The competition included an hour and fifteen minute jam session with full superpipe runs.

"This first year has been above and beyond all my hopes and expectations," said Bleiler. "We had amazing weather, a perfect halfpipe, an extremely progressive session in the park and relaxing off-the-hill activities. I couldn't ask for anything more."

The Snow Angels Invitational began on Friday, April 4 and continues this evening with the Oakley's Girls Night Out at Fly Lounge, opening to the public at 11 p.m. with a $5 cover charge. The proceeds will benefit Aspen Skiing Company's Environmental Foundation.

Sunday, April 6, was the final day of the event with a photo shoot from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the Snowmass Park. The Snow Angels Terrain Park Boot Camp was also held 12 – 3 p.m. with Gretchen Bleiler, Ellery Hollingsworth and Meg Pugh instructing beginner park riders on how to hit rails and boxes on Fanny Hill in Snowmass.

Hannah Teter, 4th place at the 2008 Angels Invitational. Photo: Jeremy Swanson

The world's best snowboarders are in attendance, including Bleiler, Teter, Hight, Pesko and Clark, as well as Tricia Byrnes , Clair Bidez, Soko Yamaoka, Kaitlyn Farrington, Shiho Nakashima, Ellery Hollingsworth, Paulina Ligocka, Lizzy Beerman and Meg Pugh.

The CoverGirl Snow Angels Invitational is more than a simple superpipe competition. The weekend features spa activities, yoga, environmental workshops and cooking workshops.

Aspen/Snowmass would like to thank the partners that made the event possible, including CoverGirl, Oakley, Herbal Essences, Dr. Hauschka Holistic Home Remedies, Mission Product, Nike, Snowmass Village, the Snowmass Club and The Villas at Snowmass Club.

CoverGirl is committed to supporting the event in future seasons. An announcement will be made soon regarding next year's event.

The eighth annual Bud Light Spring Jam is the Rocky Mountains' premier spring celebration with concerts, competitions and parties March 21-23, March 28-30 and April 4-6. For more information please visit www.aspensnowmass.com.