While the 2014 Winter Olympics have taken over the freeskiing world for the past two weeks, there are still plenty of competitions to be had back here in the United States. The Aspen/Snowmass Freeskiing Open has helped launch the careers of many a young aspiring professional freeskier; Alex Beaulieu-Marchand (Canada’s only men’s Olympic slopestyle competitor) took 2nd there last year, and in 2012 Gus Kenworthy (silver medalist in men’s slopestyle) took first in both slopestyle and halfpipe, while Joss Christensen (gold medalist in men’s slopestyle) took home 2nd place in slope.
Today, on the Winter X Games course at Buttermilk Mountain, Aspen local Matt Walker took home first place in men’s slopestyle. 16 year-old Evan McEachran took home the second place spot, and Chris Laker took third.
1st place finisher Matt Walker talks about the Aspen Freeskiing Open.
Tomorrow, men’s half pipe kicks off on Buttermilk Mountain, which will include talented athletes like Kyle Smaine and Wing Tai Barrymore, amongst others.
Kyle Smaine gives us a video preview of the halfpipe at Buttermilk.
Men’s slopestyle finals results:
1. Matt Walker (87.83)
2. Evan McEachran (82.83)
3. Chris Laker (82.50)
4. Noah Wallace (82.17)
5. Ethan Swadburg (81.00)
6. Reid McEachran (77.00)
7. Noah Morrison (74.00)
8. Brenden Reid (73.83)
9. Willie Borm (72.67)
10. Kristaps Thompson (71.67)
11. Alex Bellemare (29.33)
12. Alex Hackel (22.33)