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tough to ski the park in fresh pow kiddies, but why would you wana ski anythin but the park anyway? Copper cant keep the mountain from snowing.
seemings how ive actually run a comp or two in my day, i can see where some of the failures of this years USO came from. weather is something that you can't control and when you are designing a course or a jump you aren't anticipating a snow storm to be taking place throughout the course of the event. sure the jumps in slopestyle and big air could have been bigger, but if they were any bigger people would have been casing even more. everyone is complaining about small jumps, but clearing those small jumps was already an issue. as far as a lot of the top pros backing out goes, that wasn't because of how the course was designed, this wasn't copper's fault. they dropped out because it was fucking dumping and skiing park in a blizzard isn't necessarily fun. as for the judging and what not, its obviously always a hot topic. being in its first year at copper the event coordinators obviously have a lot to learn, but that's just how it goes. if the USO returns to copper next year i can guarantee that they fix some of their mistakes and everyone can be happy. in the meantime, give props where they are due, putting on an event, especially of this magnitude, is more difficult than you can imagine. so for what its worth, congrats to copper and everyone involved in the USO, you did the best you could and overall ran a sick comp, well done.