Judging is closed and winners have been selected for round two of The North Face Park and Pipe Open Series Virtual Competition (PPOS). Big Air is one of three disciplines included in PPOS 2016 in addition to halfpipe and slopestyle. There is still time to get involved with the competition by voting for your favorite videos on thenorthfaceppos.com. The voting and viewing window for slopestyle is open to the public until Thursday, March 10. Every vote counts towards the selection of finalists and the Viewer's Choice award.
"Big Air is a new category for PPOS this year. It showcased the wide range of competitors from up and coming pros to juniors," said AFP Platinum level and FIS A level head judge for PPOS and director of marketing at Windells, Jason Arens. "The content ranged from straight air jumps to triple corks. PPOS allows people who otherwise wouldn't participate in contests, an opportunity to show their skills."
After careful review and much debate, Alex Beaulieu-Marchand of Mont-Sainte-Anne and Caroline Claire of Mt.Snow are the chosen winners of the open/pro category–each taking home $1,500 cash and a year's supply of Clif Bars.
Competitors submitted footage of two big air tricks, one showcasing their style and one demonstrating their technical ability. The public had one week to view and vote on the videos. The judges met in Salt Lake City to analyze athlete submissions on an overall impression score of 100.
"The men's open category was super close," said Chris Laker, athlete for The North Face and former PPOS competitor. "Beaulieu-Marchand was pretty much perfect. His clip was what we were looking for. The perfect style trick—a double seven blunt—combined with a massive switch triple. He was one of the cleaner ones to throw down a triple."
"Claire had one of the best switch fives in the whole contest, potentially in the game," says Jonah Williams, USSA and PPOS judge. "I think she had the best trick, it was sick!"
The men's open/pro category followed the technical and stylish trick requirements closely. The competition was fierce with less than two points separating the top three finishers. John Brown, second place finisher in the men's open/pro category executed an impressive switch seven. "His style was unique, unlike anything I have seen. He landed a perfect double 12 blunt," said Khai Krepela, PPOS judge and freeski athlete. "Cody Cirillo's hand touch double 12 was one of the only to be done in the contest and he finished his segment off with a proper switch 14 mute."
Sammy Schuiling of Vail Mountain finished first in the men's amateur category. Judges were blown away by Ashton Glass of Park City Mountain Resort who took home first in the women's amateur category.
"Glass is stepping up the game with her edge control," says Jonah Williams, PPOS judge and former competitor. "Not many amateur level competitors are showing such solid edge control and air awareness. To combine both of those really set her apart."
The juniors category gives up-and-coming talent, ages 14 and under, an outlet to showcase their abilities. With submissions from around the country, the virtual platform connects young skiers with a much larger community of those passionate about the spirit of competition. Whether from a world class resort, or a local ski hill, skiers can participate from their home jumps and compete on a global scale.
Complete results are available online HERE.
All competition video submissions can still be viewed on thenorthfaceppos.com
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