Silvaplana slopestyle World Cup set for Saturday
SILVAPLANA, SUI – An epic final week of the 2014/15 FIS Freestyle World Cup season continues with Friday qualifiers and Saturday competition at the slopestyle World Cup finals in Silvaplana, Switzerland's, Corvatsch resort.
This will be the third straight season that FIS Freestyle has brought World Cup slopestyle action to the Swiss resort's slopes, and with an innovative course designed and built by the world-renowned Schneestern company that will feature a two-jump top section, middle multi-feature with a variety of jump and jib options, and three multifaceted jib sections that should provide dozens of line options, the 2014/15 edition is looking to be the best Silvaplans slopestyle yet.
Last season's Silvaplana event saw Lisa Zimmermann (GER) and Jesper Tjader (SWE) take wins in the contest as well as claim the 2013/14 slopestyle crystal globes, and with both those riders currently registered for this weekend's competition you can expect them to be looking to go two-in-a-row in the Corvatsch freestyle park.
However, as much as the flowing, dynamic Silvaplana course favours riders as creative as Zimmermann and Tjader, both skiers will have their work cut out for him when you take a look down the ladies' and men's entry list at their competition.
Zimmermann will be facing off against the likes of 2015 X-Games gold medallist Emma Dahlstrom (SWE), Sochi 2014 silver medallist Devin Logan, and Park City third place skier Tiril Sjaastad Christiansen in the ladies' competition, while Tjader will have to deal with big names like Sochi 2014 gold medallist Joss Christensen (USA), Sochi silver medallist Gus Kenworthy (USA), and 2012/13 crystal globe winner James Woods (GBR) on the men's side.
After those riders, weak links in either the ladies' or the men's competition are few and far between, and with one of the most exciting course set-ups of the season on hand to greet the athletes, all the makings are in place for marquee event to close out the season.
Dahlstrom and Christensen currently head up the respective ladies' and men's World Cup standings with their wins two weeks ago in Park City, and both skiers currently look to be in a form that will be tough to match for those looking to wrestle the 2014/15 slopestyle crystal globes away from them.
However, with limited results in the bag this season, it truly is a wide-open race at this point, and it should be fun to watch how things play out on Saturday in Silvaplana.