TRAVERSE CITY — Ryan Haworth has been constantly on the move the last few years.
Now, he’s aiming to move up on the freestyle skiing ladder.
The Traverse City resident finished sixth in slopestyle at last month’s 2013 Junior Nationals in Park City, Colo., after winning the event’s Central Division championship.
“I feel like I could have done better,” Haworth said. “I didn’t land the run I wanted to in the finals. I qualified second in my heat. I landed my good run in the qualifiers, and then when it came down to finals, I didn’t land my second run as much as I wanted to. I definitely felt I could have been on the podium.
“But I felt pretty good (overall). I was one of two people doing doubles on the run, so I was pretty excited about that. I guess the judges were looking for something a little different.”
In slopestyle, the goal is to perform the most difficult tricks while getting height off jumps, with an emphasis on different types of tricks instead of doing the same one repeatedly.
In order to compete at the highest levels, Haworth and his father criss-cross the country to train and compete.
“You’re at Keystone one day in Colorado and then at Tahoe, after driving 17 hours non-stop to start training,” said Traverse City-based home builder Roger Haworth. “Then you turn around to get back to Keystone to get different equipment and jump on a plane in Denver to fly off to Minneapolis to get back two days two later to Aspen. That’s the way our winter went. We had one road trip that was 4,606 miles for eight days. There’s some good adventures. A lot of movies, a lot of music, a lot of junk food.”