Winter X Games 16 Slopestyle course preview

January 25th, 2012 by

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Winter X Games: Freeskiing's largest stage—its biggest contest. Situated in the heart of the Rockies in Aspen, CO, X Games carries with it the greatest prestige, the biggest one time payout and the most bragging rights. It attracts the world's best talent and inevitably puts on one of the best shows of the season.

The week's festivities kicked off tonight with slopestyle training. New this year—if you haven't heard—slopestyle will be held under the lights, a first for Winter X. So, under a cold and clear night, the men and women of slopestyle checked out the course. Below, Nick Goepper explains the shorter, faster and more hectic course.

"It's a really intense course," commented PK Hunder about the course. Many murmurs throughout the competitors were aimed at the course's two rail options at the top of the run. The course contains only the two rail features this year (as opposed to four last year), but adds a fourth jump. Overall the course is shorter and faster, and primed to see some gnarly double flipping action, as the four jumps are set back-to-back-to-back-to-back. Below, follow Joss Christensen as he warms up to the course.

With only one more day of practice before semifinals and finals, the slope skiers have to get their runs dialed quickly. This year, the slopestyle skiers are up first, with both men's and women's finals falling on Thursday, January 26th. The women will run during the day, with the men running under the lights. 

Tomorrow marks the first day that the men and women get to jump into the superpipe, trying their hands at the 22-foot masterpiece that SPT has constructed here at Buttermilk. Stay tuned for more X Games coverage all week, right here at Freeskier.com.

   

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Shay Williams is the former Managing Editor of Freeskier Magazine. He now works full-time with Monster Energy, and continues to contribute to freeskier.com, offering insights re: the lives of his Monster athletes.