Silvaplana ski slopestyle last of the 2013/14 World Cup season
SILVAPLANA, SUI – The final ski slopestyle event of the 2013/14 season is set to go at Silvaplana, Switzerland's, Corvatsch resort on Saturday, on an immaculate course designed and built by the world-renowned Schneestern snowparks company.
Ski slopestyle is riding a wave of hype brought on by an incredible show put on by the world's top slopestyle athletes at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games. While several of the top North American competitors will not be in attendance at Silvaplana – including the US men's podium-sweeping triumvirate of Joss Christensen, Gus Kenworthy, and Nick Goepper – an impressive selection of Olympic competitors from Europe and beyond will on hand to put the Schneestern-constructed park through its paces.
Top of the list on the men's side is 19 year old Jesper Tjader (SWE), who currently sits tied for the World Cup slopestyle lead with Goepper. Tjader claimed victory in January's Gstaad World Cup, and simply by showing up and scoring points in Silvaplana he will be assured of taking the 2013/14 ski slopestyle crystal globe. However, if he performs well, a win on Saturday could move him up as high as third on the freestyle overall leader board.
Competing on home soil, the strong Swiss team will be well-represented come Saturday. While he's known as more a big air specialist, Kai Mahler (SUI) has shown he's got the chops to lay down full runs, scoring a third place earlier this season at the Breckenridge slopestyle World Cup. As well, Elias Ambuehl, Fabian Boesch, and Jonas Hunziker will all be on hand representing the host nation.
For the ladies, 17 year old Lisa Zimmermann (GER) currently sits atop the World Cup rankings, and with a solid performance on Saturday she should be a lock to take the ski slopestyle globe. While both Silvia Bertagna (ITA) and Emma Dahlstrom (SWE) are technically within striking distance of Zimmermann, for either athlete to catch her would require a an outstanding performance combined with a disappointing result on the part of the German.
While weather at Corvatsch is expected to be good through the week for training and Friday's qualifications, some snow is called for on Saturday during finals. With luck visibility will remain good, and what should be one of the best slopestyle contests seen in Europe in 2013/14 will go on as scheduled.
Competition schedule from Silvaplana, SUI, can be found HERE
Ladies' ski slopestyle World Cup leader board can be seen HERE
Men's ski slopestyle World Cup leader board can be seen HERE