Freeskiing World Tour Qualifier Wrap Up
Jackson Hole 27-29
“3-2-1…Drrrropinggg.” A few moments later, Corey Felton passed into the afternoon sunlight that poured into Casper Bowl. Once identified amidst the camouflage of shadows, granite, and heavy snow, silence ran through the crowd congregated below. The Jackson skier stood precariously on an illuminated triangle of snow, a lone soldier in no man’s land. His vantage must have been something else, looking out on the sprawling valley filled with clouds, the mountain dressed in a pristine wedding gown of snow, and hundreds of people below intensely fixed on his every move.
Photos: Jake Johnston
Though heavy from the sun, the snow on this triangular island was deep and untouched. And there was good reason for that: some few feet below, a ferocious jaw of granite waited to consume him. His only hope was an improbable line that snaked down a narrow, hard-packed couloir. Though the moment must have been short, Felton’s descent seemed to happen in slow-motion. He hopped off his perch, and into the shoot, where he pointed over two smaller cliff bands and into the heavily tracked gut of Casper Bowl. The crowd below erupted, ejecting out of their makeshift snow thrones in applause.
Felton’s burly line was one of the many showcased at this past week’s Freesking World Tour event. Despite less than ideal conditions, both men and women competitors charged Casper Bowl and Tower Three, revealing a different breed of skier to the crowd gathered below. “The comp was great!” says judge Jess McMillan, who had to sit out from the comp due to injury. “There was great skiing and some that needed a little work, but the energy was contagious. The young competitors had so much enthusiasm it was hard not to be stoked!”
Though marked by a slew of hard crashes, the competition brought to life the lines many of us have dreamt about…and will continue to only dream about.
Highlights of Day 1 in the Casper Bowl and Day 2 in the Tower 3 Chute by FWT. Lots of sweet airs.. some crashes too.
The guys were throwing it down at Jackson Hole. Check out the top 3 skiers that took home the cash.