Mammoth Mountain set to host halfpipe and slopestyle World Cups
Mammoth Mountain, USA – The first halfpipe and slopestyle competitions of the 2015/16 FIS Freestyle World Cup winter season are slated to take place at California's Mammoth Mountain this week, with the best freeskiers in the world gathered to tackle Mammoth's famed Unbound terrain park and superpipe.
After August World Cup competitions at New Zealand's Cardrona resort gave us the first results of 2015/16, the halfpipe and slopestyle competition season is finally switching into high gear. With Mammoth's long history of putting on top-tier competition and the X Games coming up next weekend, a veritable who's-who of the freeski world is on hand this week in California to see who's in top form at the first major competition of 2016.
Halfpipe competition will see 33 ladies and 32 men squaring off, with the likes of 2014/15 World Cup crystal globe winner Ayana Onozuka (JPN), Sochi 2014 Olympic gold medallist Maddie Bowman (USA), and Kreischberg 2015 world championships bronze medalist Cassie Sharpe (CAN) sure to be some of the standouts on the ladies' side, while David Wise (USA), Gus Kenworthy (USA), and Kevin Rolland (FRA) – last seasons 1-2-3 and the World Cup standings – are just a few of the athletes to watch for the men.
The startlist is no less intimidating in slopestyle competition. With top 2014/15 World Cup skier Emma Dahlstrom (SWE), youngest-ever ladies' X Games winner Tiril Sjaastad Christensen (NOR) and Kreischberg 2015 world champion Lisa Zimmerman (GER) representing a stacked international field, and Joss Christensen, Gus Kenworthy, and Nick Goepper – aka, the full slate of the USA sweep of the Sochi 2014 men's podium – all ready to rep for the home squad on the men's side, Sunday's slopestyle finals promise to be explosive.
But really, listing just a few of the names in attendance does a disservice to the rest of the riders, because if there's an athlete who isn't injured and who matters in the freeski world, they are in Mammoth this weekend.
Tuesday's first training session in Mammoth was cancelled due to heavy snow, fog, and wind, and there is some concern that further inclement weather could complicate things more throughout the rest of the week. However, with a halfpipe and slopestyle course that promise to be as close to perfect as is humanly possible, and the best athletes in the world on hand for the competition, everyone is hoping for the best at the Mammoth Mountain Visa Grand Prix / FIS Freestyle World Cup.
Ladies' halfpipe entry list
Men's halfpipe entry list
Ladies' slopestyle entry list
Men's slopestyle entry list