The Toyota U.S. Grand Prix was held this week at Mammoth Mountain, California, marking the very first qualifying event for the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics—which are exactly a year away. Mammoth, a long-time training ground for Olympians, was fully loaded this week with a 22-foot superpipe and an original slopestyle course that encouraged competitors to take advantage of multiple quarter pipes throughout the run, as well as many other unique features.
Unfortunately, due to weather (a mix of heavy snowfall and high winds), the schedule was unable to go as planned and men’s slopestyle had to be cancelled entirely. Men’s and women’s pipe finals were cancelled, too, forcing the qualifiers to serve as final results. The women’s slopestyle final was able to take place before the storm truly set in—the only event that was seen all the way through.
This storm is nothing new to Mammoth as of late. The mountain is currently having a record-breaking season—last month was its snowiest month on record—and Mammoth has already passed its snow total from last year of 362 inches. That being said, the athletes stuck through intense weather conditions for their chance to get invited to the 2018 Games.
Check out final results, video (only available for women’s slopestyle) and photos, below.