Weather still plays major role in Sierra Nevada
Only half of the slopestyle qualifiers in the store
While the weather conditions had some huge impact on yesterday's slopestyle training which actually was transformed into a little rail jibbing session due to the poor visibility in the top kicker line part, everyone was hoping that the forecast would be proved right for today.
And it did – at least in the morning.
As a result, the qualifier heats 1 & 2 of the men's competition went down under mostly sunny conditions with the Northern European countries dominating.
Norwegian Vikings Emil Andre Ulsletten (93.00 points) and Aleksander Oestreng (81.66) came out as top qualifiers of the first heat thus proceeding directly to the finals.
In heat two, Sven Thorgren impressed with some Swedish style earning 92.66 points while Tyler Nicholson (CAN, 88.33) took the second spot for tomorrow's finals at 2 PM CET.
Jonathan Versteeg (CAN), Janne Korpi (FIN), Lucien Koch (SUI), Billy Morgan (GBR), Staale Sandbech, Niklas Mattsson (SWE), Yuuki Kadono (JPN) and Jan Scherrer (SUI) moved on to the semi finals as third to sixth ranked riders of their respective heat.
But it's much likely that all eight have also secured their final spot already.
Because men's qualifier heats 3 & 4 had to be postponed to tomorrow due to heavy fog which appeared on the scene in the early afternoon, the tight time schedule could force the jury to announce a bigger field of finalists.
Especially as the women's qualifiers also have to take place tomorrow, chances are high for this plan b scenario of cutting out the semis.
However, the last call on the program will be made in the team captains meeting tonight at 7 PM CET.