Team Europe wins the 2013 Swatch Skiers Cup, see the full photo gallery
The Skiers Cup is a wrap here in Zermatt. The contest couldn’t have gone any better and with the energy still high from Day 1, the slopestyle portion of the event didn’t disappoint.
Both teams scoped the venue the day before with nine man-made jumps on the face, and plenty of other natural airs to break things apart. Things got off to an early start with Kaj Zackrisson dropping in first and taking on Rory Bushfield. Bushy laid down a solid first run to take the first point for the Americas team. After that the Euro’s quickly gained momentum with Markus Eder taking the win over myself with a creative line that took him far lookers left on the venue, ending with a large 7 off the bottom jump.
Team Europe then claimed the next five points with Paddy Graham throwing the first double of the day: a double back. It was really cool seeing everyone get pumped and feed off of what everyone else was doing. As the runs went on, everyone kept upping the level of riding. Logan Imlach went right 3 on his first hit, to a huge left 5 on his bottom hit. Charley Ager also threw down a 5 on his first run. Bushfield filled in for Tim Dutton who was out due to an injury on his first run from the big-mountain day, and scored the only two points for Americas in heat 1.
In heat 2, Fabio Studer put down yet another amazing run scoring a point over Ager. In the next heat Cody Townsend came in and sent a massive double cork 10 at the bottom which got everyone even more fired up. Sverre Liliequist was up against Daiek for the next heat and ended his run with a double front out the bottom. Greg Lindsey went down to Nicolas Vuignier who was throwing stylish 3s and ended with a huge rodeo 7. Myself and Bushy scored two points for the Americas over Favret and Permin, and Logan Imlach also scored a point over Markus Eder who went down on his dub 10 on his bottom hit. The last heat, Ager threw a massive 9 and nearly stomped it but didn’t quite land it clean, and Graham ended his run with a giant dub 10 as well.
Despite no one stomping their doubles or switch landings it was great to see the level of skiing being pushed, especially with the riders only being able to scope the venue from the bottom. “Obviously I was stoked to see people going for switch landings into pow,” said Ager. “Everyone was giving ‘er and not playing it safe. There was a lot of crashing going on but that meant people were pushing it hard and that was cool to be a part of.”
Swatch Skiers Cup finished up with Team Europe taking the win over Americas with a 21-11 score. With the event wrapping up, team captains have already been selected for 2014 with Cody Townsend passing of the captainship to JP Auclair, and Julien Regnier taking the reigns for Team Europe.
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