Men's Freeski Slopestyle was reserved for the final two days of the Dew Tour iON Mountain Championships, and the crowd was most definitely thankful to have it held on the weekend as they lined the course during the semi-final.
The semi-final format included a whopping 31 skiers ready to get rowdy on the slopes, one of whom earned his spot by winning the Free Flow Tour, with each riders allowed two runs on the course and only the best score counting.
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Despite heavy snowfall throughout the duration of the competition, every rider was able to give it their all and pull off tricks of high technicality.
After the first round of the 31 riders, it was Tom Wallisch leading the pack. However, the second round of riding brought on a whole slew of more tricks and runs that eventually bumped Wallisch down to the number five spot.
At the end of semis it was James Woods, aka Woodsy, that stomped the best run that earned him a score of 94.50 and the top spot heading into tomorrow's final. Woodsy delivered a switch on frontside switch-up pretzel 270 on the flat-down rail, disaster lipslide 270 to switch on the down-flat-down rail, switch left corked 720 method, switch right 1080, switch on switch-up blind 270 on the iON cannon, a left double 1080 and a switch right double 1260.
"Qualifying first for Dew Tour is quite special. I am very happy with myself. I came here today with a job to do; that job was to get into finals, and I did that. It is definitely not a win, yet, but it is something I can be very happy with."
Nick Goepper and Andreas Hatveit rounded out the top three, respectively.
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1st Place – James Woods 94.50
2nd Place – Nick Goepper 93.63
3rd Place – Andreas Hatvelt 93.50
4th Place – Russ Henshaw 93.13
5th Place – Tom Wallisch 93.00
6th Place – Henrik Harlaut 87.50
7th Place – Alex Bellemare 87.00
8th Place – Gus Kenworthy 86.25
9th Place – Sean Jordan 84.75
10th Place – Jf Houle 83.25
11th Place – Matt Walker 82.00
12th Place – Aleksander Aurdal 81.25