Cover Photo: Giulia Tanno flying high. Shot by Rachel Bock
Eight women competed in the jump and jib sections that together make up the slopestyle element of Dew Tour this year and it was a heavy hitting field. Kelly Sildaru, Tess Ledeux, Maggie Voisin and more threw down hard in both sections. Personally, I really like the mixed up format of splitting jumps and rails because it lets the athletes take a few more risks. More risks does mean more crashes, which we saw throughout the ladies' jump section but it was still a great show.
Run one saw Kelly Sildaru take a pretty commanding lead courtesy of a solid right cork nine tail, followed by a switch left 10 mute and a switch right 9 mute. Elena Gaskill also put it down, with a left 7 tail, right 9 tail and a switch left 9 mute (whiffed grab) but still finding herself almost 10 points behind in second. Sarah Hoefflin put down a safety run for third with three slow and steezy spins and solid grabs (Right 5 high Mute, sw right cork 7 high mute, sw left cork 5 safety). Tess Ledeux and Mathilde G both sent dubs in their runs but couldn't hold on to them with Mathilde unfortunately crashing hard and missing the rest of the contest.
Run two saw Giulia Tanno clean up her first run (three 9s, right, sw left, cork left) but couldn't keep it totally clean with what looks like hands down. Maggie Voisin put it down on run two (right 9 tail, sw left 9 mute (whiff), rodeo 9 japan (whiff) but it wasn't totally clean either. Still good enough for second with an 82 though. Kelly S cleaned up her run and swapped the last 9 for a switch left 10 (making it back-to-back tens) and boosting her leading score into the 90s. Sarah H sent a switch right 10 to the moon and went down hard because of impact. She missed her third run as a result, big props for the send though (and for coming back for the jibs).
Run three saw Kelly go three for three on stomps, but couldn't improve her score. Tess Ledeux put down the only landed dub of the day with a last hit dub 10 safety (following a sw bio 9 and r cork 7) but the sketchiness kept her score back to the mid-80s and second place.
Kelly Sildaru (1st Place Jumps)
Tess Ledeux (2nd Place Jumps)
Maggie Voisin (3rd Place Jumps)
Giulia Tanno opened things up with a clean run but pretty basic (Front 4, back 2, gap to lip, back 4) to set the initial bar at 70. Maggie V raised said bar significantly with a switch left 2 on to the flat down, a 2 on to the down rail, gap out on to the third elbow and a back swap back 2 on the rainbow box to take the lead. Then Kelly happened: Front swap pretz 4, Kfed, front 2 out of the elbow, switch 2 pretz 4 at the bottom, first place and the contest sewn up in run one... and it wasn't even perfectly clean. Johanne Killi also put down a dope run, sw 2 cont 2 up top, front swap to forward, slide the elbow rail, back 4 at the bottom. She actually finished second in the jib section but unfortunately her jump score held her back in fourth overall.
Run two saw Kelly put down the same tricks but far cleaner to bump her rails score to a whopping 93.67. She then opted not to take her third run, having already won the contest. Nobody else really put down a clean run on run two, though Sarah H deserves a shoutout for skiing fast (like really fast). Giulia Tanno cleaned up her run third try to boost her jib score to 73.33. Tess Ledeux put it down at the final time of asking (after doing the same on the jumps), with a kfed up top, gap up to the wallride, rail to switch on the donkey dick and then switch on front 4 at the bottom earning her an 80s score and second place on the overall podium.
Kelly Sildaru (1st overall)
Tess Ledeux (2nd place overall)
Maggie Voisin (3rd place overall)