SMS Alumnus Louie Vito won today's semi finals at the Copper Mtn US Snowboarding Grand Prix Halfpipe. It was the first day of competition for the first Professional Halfpipe event of the year in North America. Louie led the international field into Saturday's Final. Out of 85 Starts today Jack Mitrani was 21st, Danny Davis 27th- (in his first contest since breaking his back two years ago!), current PG Spencer Shaw was 42nd and Joseph Mensch was 72nd. After Nearly two weeks of nothing but flurries the snow and wind were hitting pretty hard all morning slowing conditions for the riders and pushing the women's qualifying heats to tomorrow. Good luck to Serena Shaw and all the women riding.