Foggy last training
Other than last week, the weather didn't really come into picture during the last official training session for this season's Freestyle Ski Halfpipe World Cup opener.
Due to the fog and mist up at Cardrona Alpine Ski Resort the 75 riders couldn't really throw in their best tricks.
However, the perfectly shaped 22 ft superpipe still allowed some big air time and to get back into competition mood as most of the field had their first time on snow after a summer training.
„Actually, the last days have been the first days for us to ride in a pipe again,“ said Benoit Valentin.
The 19-years-old from La Plagne France, who had won the 2011 Halfpipe World Cup, added:
„The weather is bad so we cannot do what we want to do. But if the weather gets better tomorrow, the competition will see some better level of riding.“
According to the forecast, it's pretty likely that the weather is getting better just right in time.
At least, it did in the last couple of minutes of the training.
Tomorrow's start lists are packed with the world’s top athletes.
The men’s freeski field has some of the biggest names in the sport including current Benoit Valentin (FRA), last season’s AFP Overall World Champion Gus Kenworthy (USA) and Tanner Hall (USA) up against New Zealand’s Lyndon Sheehan.
In the women’s section Current AFP World Champion Devin Logan (USA) joins five times European Open Champion Virginie Faivre (SUI) and Kiwi entrants Janina Kuzma and Rose Battersby in what promises to be an exciting competition tomorrow.