Today saw the most popular ski event at X finally go down. Men's slope is insanely competitive and unfortunately, despite having qualified Evan McEachran missed finals through injury from last night's big air, gifting a spot to young Phil Langevin, the 8th place qualifier. Today saw the guys trying to throw levels of tech never really seen before, particularly on rails and that meant there were quite a few scratched runs. In fact, only two or three skiers could really say they put down something close to the perfect run they wanted, with a large percentage crashing on the first rail feature on at least one run. Overall, did everyone try to do too much?
As is often the case, things started out with a few issues for the first couple of guys as the nerves were shaken off. Ferdinand Dahl set the early benchmark with a front swap cont 2 and both ways switch 4s on the rails, with a dub bio 12 into both ways dub 14s on the jumps, perhaps getting underscored (numerically). Alex Hall had one of the craziest rail runs of the day with a switch 2 nose tap, and a switch 3 tail tap switch 50 with the tap at 180 but didn't get a perfect grab on his final hit switch dub 12 opp mute which hurt his score. ABM brought both technical rails, including a 4p2 and switch wobble 630 disaster and jumps (dub bio 12, switch triple) to the party for the first score in the 90s. Henrik got a seriously low score on his run, presumably because of the bobble on the disaster 450 but it didn't look too bad in real time.
Nick Goepper did a dope switch 2 pretz 4 to perfect tranny but had issues on his 2 on cont. 6 having bailed out on his last hit on run one. Jesper Tjader bailed for a second time on his insane switch frontflip disaster but deserves a shoutout for even thinking of it. Alex Hall cleaned his first run up a ton from the first run, perfecting the opposite mute on his switch right dub 12 and moving his score up to a whopping 94.33 and first place. ABM stepped up his switch triple to a bow and arrow grab but had a slightly off bolts landing on the last rail which meant he didn't improve. Oystein had a super tech first rail, front swap back swap to switch on the long transfer rail but missed a grab on his second jump hit.
Nick Goepper didn't have a perfect rail line and landed backseat on his second jump so sent a perfect double backflip off the 'money booter' for the crowd. Jesper Tjader stomped his run at the third time of asking and it was a wild one. Switch frontflip late 90 to switch on the box disaster, dub 16 tail (short grab) and switch dub 14 at the bottom. He only scored 77.6, because of that grab presumably, but it was a crazy run. A Hall had no issues today, clean through all three runs and stepping up his third run trick with an added back swap, boosting his score to 95.66. This is his year. ABM went a bit big and went down on his switch 6. Woodsy was one of many guys who was just trying the hardest rail runs and couldn't make it through. Henrik, last to drop couldn't get through the rails clean either, leaving Alex Hall X Games gold medalist.