This year’s World Ski and Snowboard Festival in Whistler did not disappoint with the many great performances , events and experiences being talked about. It is safe to say that the patch of poor weather conditions did not put a damper on the first Canadian World Snowboard Tour event of the season.
The Shred Snow slopestyle event was held in Whistler on Friday, with the Big Air contest taking place on Monday.
Snowboarders from around the world competed in various events in an attempt to earn both World Snowboard Tour points and the $15,000 prize purse for first place.
Shred Snow – Slopestyle Event – April 19th:
While barely making it into the finals with a score of 68.8, the Norwegian snowboarder Emil Ulsletten managed to win the competition with a score of 84.50, winning important tour points as well as the $15,000 prize purse. The 2nd place finisher was American Eric Willett, with a final score of 83.33. The 3rd place finisher was Canadian Tyler Nicholson from Ontario, with a score of 78.33.
Shred Snow – Big Air Event – April 22nd:
One of the highlights of the whole festival is the crowd-pleasing Big Air competition, with snowboarders making it look way too easy. With the music pumping, the crowd really helped the snowboarders get into the feel of things, making it exciting and fun for everyone.
Canadian snowboarder Maxence Parrot placed 1st in the Big Air contest with a score of 96.50, bringing home the $15,000 purse along with the tour points. 2nd place was taken by Norwegian Kim Rune Hansen with a score of 93.25 and 3rd place was American Justin Morgan with 90.25.
The final placement standings for the snowboarders ended up being…
- Maxence Parrot 96.50
- Kim Rune Hansen 85.75
- Justin Morgan 90.25
- Sage Kotsenburg 87.00
- Matts Kulisek 80.25
- Carlos Gerber 79.25
- Emil Ulsletten 77.00
- Darcy Sharpe 62.50
- Eric Willett 23.25
- Nicholas Julius 12.75
Whistler is always a great experience for everyone, no matter what the schedule looks like. This year’s Whistler Ski and Snowboard Festival (#WSSF) was something special. If you have any experiences or pictures, we would love to see them.