The Women's Freeski Slopestyle Qualifier was the first of many slopestyle events to take place this week at the Dew Tour iON Mountain Championships in Breckenridge, Colorado. The event took place under clear, sunny skies on Breck's top-notch course. The wind, however, was howling and whipping, causing several athletes to crash during their runs.
The qualifier consisted of 20 freeskiers each taking two complete runs down the course, with only the best score counting. The eight highest-scoring athletes are moving on to the final on Saturday, at 4 p.m. ET. You’ll be able to watch the live stream right here on dewtour.com.
Voisin's winning run included a 270 onto the down rail, back 270 onto the flat down, a right 540, which she said is unnatural for her, switch rodeo 540, left 720 mute and a left 900 tailgrab.
The Montana native accredited her mantra to her victory. "I have to remember why I ski – go out there to have fun and be like Maggie," Voisin said. "I have to also ski with confidence and trust myself." Going into the finals, Voisin said she wants to up her run, but would not elude to what that would entail.
Breck's own Keri Herman, who came in third, was exhilarated by her finish, which ended on a switch cork 5. "All the features are so great, they're all fun!"
The qualifier also featured Devin Logan's first attempt at qualifying for finals in two disciplines – she's also competing in halfpipe whose qualifier was only an hour later. So far so good for Logan, who landed in second place.
Due to injury, Grete Eliassen, who crashed on her first run, elected to not even attempt her second.