Mammoth Grand Prix: Slopestyle Finals
04 Mar, 2011
I’ve been anxiously awaiting the Grand Prix stop in Mammoth after watching the earlier stops this season around the US. This week has been a mix of weather from sun to overcast to storming snow but today the weather finally came around and delivered up bluebird sunny skies with the wind coming in towards the end of the day. I headed out in the afternoon to watch the slopestyle finals take place just underneath Chair 6 in front of the Main Lodge.
I will admit, being up close and personal to the action is fun but the best seats are in your home watching the live webcasts with the whole run visible to you. I could only see a portion at a time when I was positioned on the different jumps getting photos.
The top of the course was two sets of rails for the riders to start the slopestyle with the rails and finish on the jump line. I only watched the top of the course for the first run before heading down to the jumps for the bigger action.
The best part about sitting on the jumps and taking in the views from multiple hits in a row. The women took some bad falls during their runs and were just hard to watch. I look forward to the day when women’s snowboarding is the same level as the men in slopestyle contests.
Jamie Anderson cleaned up for the women and stomping into first place
In the men’s slopestyle finals, Ryan Hryckiewicz on his niche board
Caught Spencer Shaw off the jump line
Chas put down his final run and claimed first place with his highest score of the day. I was at the bottom with Ashley interviewing and tom filming for the Mammoth webcast video. I met Chas at Windells this summer and was really stoked to see Chas win today plus hear that he’ll be coming back to Mammoth this spring for more shred time.
As the sun was starting to go down on the mountain, everyone made their way to the podium set up at the sponsor tents for the awards ceremony.
The Slopestyle Women’s Podium
1st Place: Jamie Anderson
2nd Place: Danielle Adams
3rd Place: Jamie Madrid
The Slopestyle Men’s Podium
1st Place: Chas Guldemond
2nd Place: Spencer Shaw
3rd Place: Brett Esser
Tomorrow I’ll get the morning to ride and then head to the halfpipe for the Grand Prix pipe finals. Can’t wait to see familiar faces throw down!