By Ethan Stone for Newschoolers.com It’s May, and while most of us have put up the skis for the year, the pros are still throwing down hard at some of the most important events of the year. With the WSI still fresh in memory, three major competitions and events remain before summer camps begin. Two new events will grace the ski scene this spring. At Mammoth Mountain, the inaugural Orage Masters slopestyle will take place during the West Coast Invitational May 2-4. Orage and Mammoth are reportedly preparing an event that is “rider designed across the board,â€? and the Unbound Terrain Park crew is hard at work on new jib elements prepared especially for the occasion. Prizes will include a snowmobile and motocross bikes. Meanwhile, the West Coast Invitational, boasted as the biggest party west of the Atlantic, will keep spectators and competitors alike busy with concerts, parties, and more. For more info on the Masters and the Invitational, check out MammothMountain.com. The X Games Global Championship will pit competitors against each other in teams from different parts of the globe. Sports represented include skiing, snowboarding, skateboarding, inline skating, motocross, and BMX. Six teams of skiers from the U.S., Canada, South America, Europe, Asia, and Australia will compete in a Superpipe competition at Whistler-Blackcomb, BC on Sunday, May 18. The men’s superpipe will be aired on ESPN2 May 20 and 21 from 10-11:30 p.m. ET, while the women’s pipe will show on ESPN2 on May 19 from 10-11:30 p.m. ET. Expect to see outrageous competition as European phenoms Candide Thovex and Jon Olsson join forces against the U.S.’s Tanner Hall and C.R. Johnson. For more info on the X Games Global Championship, visit http://www.expn.go.com/xg/. Meanwhile, Powder Magazine will continue its annual pipe, park, and jib blowout with Superpark 5, May 18-25. The event has moved from Mammoth to Timberline at Mt. Hood, but rest assured that the skiing will be as be as big as ever. After the enormity of the hits injured several riders last year, the invite list has been limited to only the top professionals. Keep your head up for Superpark updates on http://www.powdermag.com and Powder’s Superpark issue next season.


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