All very valid points...
We want the Grand Slam to be the premier Slopestyle event in Atlantic Canada. Last year we did elimination format and in order to make it through time constraints we limited it to 32 competitors, 16 skiers, 16 snowboarders. This year we changed the judging format but we wanted to keep the same number of competitors. Ironically with the new format we went a little later than planned. So we'll be tweaking some things next years.
From what I understand, each hill was given two invites (1 skier, 1 snowboarder) so they could pick their best rider. After that they were so called lottery spots where they could pick the best riders available to fill out the rest of the pack. As StefC said earlier, there were very few skier entries whiched opened up a ton more lotto spots, which pretty much turned it into an open style format.
In order to keep the focus on the best of the best. And not having way to many competitors that we can't get the event done in time. How do you guys propose we structure it?
As it was here are the winners
1st - Stefan Curtis
2nd - Brendan Lawrence
3rd - Charles Stevens
1st - Brandon Wilbur
2nd - Brian Lohnes
3rd - Raffael Chenard
A big thanks to Fox Subaru, Burton, Anon, Analog, Billabong, Nixon, Rockstar, R.E.D.
Another huge thanks goes out to all who supported the event.
The Park is in stellar shape right now, we are open until April 13th. Hope you come check it out.