Sooo, just got off the hill after our first day of practice here at the FIS World Cup in Corvatsch, Silvaplana, Switzerland. Had a beatiful day with sunlight and good snow, unfortunately the wind is really inconsistent as there were some serious gusts giving us a little too much headwind at times.
The slopestyle course is…well. Hmm, trying to come up with a description without sounding like a “whiner”. Not sure if that’s possible. Whatever, here’s some photos for you to see for yourselves:
Feature 2 (no photo), was an 80 foot stepdown with a flat take-off, but all the riders decided it was just, well, too dumb to even consider hitting, so the organizers are changing it up for tomorrow. Hopefully they figure something out.
Feature 3 is a 30 foot true table/stepover. Not sure about this one, never got to hit it as it was closed for much of the day, but everyone who hit it said it was a skimmer. Not much air time here, that’s for sure.
Feature 5 is a choice between a flat rail, a dance-table kicker (actually more of a jump with a plastic take-off), and a huge gap to a flat-down-down (you’ll see what I mean in the next shot). I’m mostly feeling the middle feature at this point.
So in conclusion, a course that will definitely make it hard to put together a good run. I have a few ideas but since the jumps are so small it will be really hard to stand out. Hopefully the wind dies down a bit tomorrow so we can actually start doing tricks.
Since we only got to practice for 2 hours, Frej Jönsson, Per Fernvik and I spent most of our day lapping the sick terrain Corvatsch has to offer. Not the most optimal snow for center-mounted park skis but it definitely worked for small cliffs and the countless natural jumps all over the mountain:
Alright, going to spend the rest of the afternoon relaxing and tending to some sore joints. Tomorrow we have another day of practice before it’s on. Stay tuned!