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Zephyr Dew celebrates his giant slalom win on his birthday, March 8. (Contribut

Bay View Elementary School student Zephyr Dew swept five Ruggie Boys divisions (for those 7 and under) in the United States of American Snowboard Association South Tahoe Series, including giant slalom, slalom, halfpipe, slopestyle and boardercross this season.

Dew [Giro], who is fifth in the USASA National Overalls rankings for his age group, secured his final victory of the season in the giant slalom on March 8, which was also his birthday.

He expects to receive a 2013 USASA National Championships invitation. Nationals will be held in Copper Mountain, Colo., March 31-April 5.


Heavenly and Kirkwood are co-hosting a job fair Oct. 20 and are looking to hire 1,500 and 750 employees, respectively, for the upcoming winter season, according to a press release.

Job fair attendees must register 48 hours in advance here. The event is scheduled for the California Main Lodge at Heavenly from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Much hiring will be done prior to the job fair event, so online applications are encouraged.

Kirkwood also plans to hold a separate job fair this Saturday, Oct. 13, at the Kirkwood Red Cliffs building from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.


Aptos High freshman snowboarder Marissa Hushaw defended her spot atop the Boarder Cross and Giant Slalom standings  in the final Central California Ski and Snowboard Series event at China Peak Mountain Resort on Saturday — and she was named Outstanding Female Athlete of the Season by the CCSSS — according to a press release.

The CCSSS champ, who rides for Grind Out Hunger, went undefeated on the season in Giant Slalom, and she entered the BoarderX competition with two victories and one second-place finish from earlier in the year. She maintained her position in the overall standings by adding yet another win Saturday.

“Next season, Marissa has stated she will continue to pursue BoarderX and will change things up a bit focusing on Slope Style Park competitions, the Grind Out Hunger press release said.

Also in the 2013 season, Hushaw plans to compete in USASA South Lake Tahoe events. But first, she will for the first time ever host an event, the Marissa Hushaw Grind Out Hunger Jam, on Saturday.

— Christina Gullickson, on Twitter at CGullTweets

From left to right, the top Minus 7 Melee women's finishers were former Santa Cruz resident Tara Curtis Atkins, who took third; Santa Cruz High sophomore Mathilda Spiers, who took second; and Project Snowskate rider Kendra Wilson of Nevada, who won. (Jim Spiers/Contributed)

Santa Cruz High student Mathilda Spiers placed second in the fourth annual Minus 7 Melee snowskate contest at Donner Ski Ranch in Norden near Trukee on Saturday.

Spiers was there defending her 2011 finishes of first place in slopestyle and second place in slalom. Snowskating is a skateboard-snowboard hybrid sport.

Spiers, who rides for the Santa Cruz-based and family run Predog SnowSkate company, was not the only one with Santa Cruz ties to make the podium in the slopestyle event. Also in the women’s division, former Santa Cruz resident Tara Curtis Atkins took third and Spiers’ Predog teammate Kendra Wilson of Nevada won, according to Spiers’ step-mom Melissa Spiers.

Spiers is a sophomore who also “runs track, plays volleyball and wakeskates” according to Melissa Spiers.

Spiers’ brother, Aidan also planned to compete, but had a schedule conflict.

— Christina Gullickson, on Twitter at CGullTweets

Aidan Ralston scored this third-place trophy at Sierra-at-Tahoe's 5th annual Ralston Cup over the weekend. (Jim Spiers/Contributed)

Santa Cruz’s Aidan Spiers placed third in the 5th annual Ralston Cup, a snowskating slopestyle competition at Sierra-at-Tahoe’s Upper Main, on Saturday, according to Spiers’ step-mom Melissa.

Spiers — who rides for Predog SnowSkates, a Santa Cruz-based and family run company — was a two-time defending champion in the youth category, but Pioneer rider Dustin Orr prevailed, according to Project Snowskate. Adrian Rassmussen took second.

Snowskating is a snowboard-skateboard hybrid sport.

Next up, Spiers, an eighth-grader, plans to defend his third-place finish in the Minus 7 Melee at Donner Ski Ranch this weekend.
— Christina Gullickson, on Twitter at CGullTweets

Editor’s note: An earlier version of this article referred to Melissa as Aidan’s mother. She is in fact his step-mom. This version has been updated with the correct information.

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