On the Snow: Ski Big Air and Ski Jumping soar in Milan and Wisla

The 2017/18 FIS Freeski Big Air World Cup season kicked off on Saturday night in Milan (ITA) with Coline Ballet-Baz (FRA) and Elias Ambuehl (SUI) taking the top spots at the highly-anticipated ‘Big Air and the City' competition held at the EXPerience park, right next to the iconic Tree of Life. 

Following last weekend’s exciting snowboard event, this weekend’s show belonged to freeskiers who took their chance to start the season on a high note, battling for the first big air World Cup points. 

The freeskiers next chance to test the Big Air ramp will be 1st December in Moenchengladbach (GER).

The Ski Jumping World Cup also staged its debut over the weekend in fan-crazed Wisla (POL). After the team event on Saturday, won by Norway ahead of Austria and Poland, the individual opening competition ended with the surprising victory by Japan's Junshiro Kobayashi on Sunday. This was the first ever World Cup win for 26-year-old Kobayashi, who was strong in the summer winning two FIS Grand Prix events (both in Hakuba). On the snow last weekend, he earned the hard-fought victory ahead of local hero Kamil Stoch and Austria's Stefan Kraft.

The jumpers will move up North to Ruka (FIN) for what is the traditional Nordic family season opening weekend with Cross Country, Nordic Combined and Ski Jumping all in action.