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Stop One of the North American Freeskiing World Tour: Revelstoke

Deep snow and a change to the judging rules kept things interesting at the Revelstoke stop of the FWT.

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After days of down-time and delays, the first North American stop of the Subaru World Freeskiing Tour finally got down to business at Revelstoke…

After days of down-time and delays, the first North American stop of the Subaru World Freeskiing Tour finally got down to business at Revelstoke Mountain Resort this weekend. With feet of recent snow, and a heli-drop for the final, the competitors stepped it up with the powder conditions. In the end, American Lars Chickering Ayers topped the men’s side and Canadian Leah Evans was the women’s champion.

Coming out of the women’s qualifier, the top three women found themselves in the top five overall after the final run overall, making the level in…

Coming out of the women’s qualifier, the top three women found themselves in the top five overall after the final run overall, making the level in the qualifier pretty high. The men didn’t hesitate either, throwing down massive airs with lots of tricks, despite poor visibility. New judging rules place more weight on what kind of creativity is integrated in to the line (i.e. grabs, spinning, and other tricks), so the incentive to up the ante was there, and the athletes took it.

2009 Freeskiing World Tour Champion Crystal Wright, of Jackson Hole, offered a little perspective from the competitor’s side.  “The qualifiers were…

2009 Freeskiing World Tour Champion Crystal Wright, of Jackson Hole, offered a little perspective from the competitor’s side.  “The qualifiers were great, the new judging criteria style really changed a lot of things and people were throwing lots of tricks. The venue skied great, lots of powder helped fill it in. Still, this is the longest I have ever waited to compete; we used two weather days…because it dumped for 4 days straight.”

Competitors were going huge, with the women straight-lining over exposure, and hitting everything from technical exposed billy goat lines to cliffs and double drops.  On the men’s side, Collin Collins stomped the first 720 in a big mountain competition

Drew Tabke, who took the top score for Day one, says, “I’ve never gotten that many face shots and ended up in first place, it made for a really great…

Drew Tabke, who took the top score for Day one, says, “I’ve never gotten that many face shots and ended up in first place, it made for a really great day.” Wright noted that, “The level of skiing here is super high, because there are a bunch of Canadian men and women who are very strong skiers that don’t travel for events. Some of the lines I saw today and yesterday were very impressive, especially from the guys. The older generation is upping their lines because the younger generation is coming in with the force of style and impressive tricks

The clear weather continued, accompanied by frigid temps, but the finals went off in front of hardy spectators.  The final venue, for Day two was…

The clear weather continued, accompanied by frigid temps, but the finals went off in front of hardy spectators.  The final venue, for Day two was helicopter access only, and the top 7 women and 20 men were taken to the top. “The snow was a little thin and punchy there but made for an exciting final,” said Wright.  ‘This is hands down one of the best venues on the tour, and Revelstoke is so supportive of the athletes.  It has been freezing here, but people still came out to support the athletes, which is great. Organization has been amazing and the Revelstoke ski patrol is wonderful.”  —Brigid Mander

The next FWT event begins January 27th, in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.  Check out the full schedule and full competition results here.

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