Mens Halfpipe Ski
Take a super large half pipe, international field of elite snow athletes and you have a day of big air, big crashes and a few surprise results with Aussie’s heading to the podium. The biggest snow event in Australia kicked off at Perisher Blue Ski Resort today when skiers took on the 12 foot halfpipe at the X*CiTE Planet X Winter Games. The halfpipe, like a skateboard ramp on snow, was a “Jam format”, with no points awarded, only places for overall impression. Moves on snow saw skiers show off with corksrew 9s, 540s, flat 5s, and switch 360s. Warm conditions softened the pipe, but it didn’t stop the skiers getting high and inverted to impress the judges.
Winner of the men’s ski halfpipe was Canada's Rory Bushfield who took the title with a technical combination of tricks and a stylish performance. Australia’s young gun Chris Booth scored 2nd place and Tanner Hall from the USA brought an international flavour to the podium, gaining 3rd place for his polished performance.
“The pipe’s wicked with great vertical and the best conditions for spring skiing. “I’m trying to keep it styling and smooth with not too many big tricks”, said Rory Bushfield.