In a stacked filed consisting of many Rossignol pro athletes, our young Big Mountain skier, and freshly turned 18 year old Ryan Sullivan from Whistler, stepped it up to the big leagues and competed with the men for his first time and won!
Ryan has been cleaning up the junior divisions of big mountain comps for the past few years. He’s officially now another name to watch out for! Also competing and placing in the top 10 where Rossi skiers Matt Elliott 2nd, Wes Harris, Matty Richard, and Dave Treadway.
A little taste of action here: www.kickinghorseresort.com/mountain/video/
Riders in this news : Joffrey POLLET-VILLARD
Check Joffrey Pollet-Villard making it big at Grand Bornand’s KGB Snowpark and getting some air at Contamines’ Halfpipe worldcup. At this very moment Joffrey is on his way back from Cran Montana, Switzerland where took place Ripcurl’s Open Finales.
As you have noticed this week, Oxbow’s Back to Powder is on. Rules – or no rules – are simple; freestyle, backcountry kickers, freeride lines and the best skiers and snowboarders on earth. Mike Hopkins and Kye Petersen are there at Arèches’ resort, pretty bright eyed about how chill and perfectly shaped this whole thing is.
Check out Mike’s impressions about this first day just below;
Hey Mike, how do you feel about Oxbow’s Back to Powder?
“What is really great about the Back To Powder is that we are here with snowboarders, I mean, it’s really cool that skiers and snowboarders ride together. We are all here sleeping at the same place, we talk and laugh…I really like riding with my friends, enjoying that moment and seeing all the different skiing styles, I like it.
What is also really cool is that we are judging each other’s, it’s totally different from other competitions.
Shooting and filming means are so big! We can check back on how we scored right after our runs! Awesome!”
What are your season’s projects?
“I’m really looking forward the nest Red Bull event. I want to shoot and film as much as possible and I’m so excited about a freeride session in Chamonix, you can get updates on my website; www.mike-hopkins.com”
What about 2010?
“ I want to stay “injury free”, I don’t wanna mess everything up with, I need this to stay cool and to focus on skiing. Then, I really want to travel as much as possible, travelling is essential ,it has to be linked with freeskiing, I need it.
Concerning my carreer, I want to shoot great photos and land some new tricks. I’m really focusing on freestyle and freeride at the same time.”
FIS World Cup Half Pipe at Park City Resort (Saturday January 31st)
Rossignol athletes dominate the first ever World Cup Half Pipe to happen on North American soil. Rossi had 4 skiers in the top 6 going into the finals on a picture perfect day in Utah with Kevin Rolland from France landing on top of the podium, beating his team mate and X Games Superpipe winner Xavier Bertoni by a narrow margin. Amazing skiing by the young and talented French athletes!
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