Countdown To Aspen

I’m starting to feel as though the days are growing longer due to my anticipation, because the countdown to Aspen has begun! The Winter X Games are quickly approaching! We’re 1 month away! 31 days! I can feel the anticipation rising.

Make sure to get all your ducks in a row and don’t forget to finalize your schedules so you don’t miss out on a single thing! I suggest checking out the 2016 Invited Athletes list to see if and when your favorite athlete will be competing this January! This year’s X Games Music is sure to be unforgettable with performances from Nas/Run The Jewels, DJ Snake, deadmau5, Twenty One Pilots, and Kygo!

If you can’t make it out to Aspen not to worry, there is plenty going down on ESPN, Twitter, Snapchat, Facebook, and Instagram to keep you right in the action all weekend.

In person or from your couch this is one event you don’t want to miss!

Watch from the slopes or from home! Photo: Mary Genova

AFP World Ranking Update

One of the biggest events in the world of freeskiing, the Dew Tour took place this weekend. This, along with the first stop of the USASA Revolution Tour and it’s halfpipe qualifiers mean that there have been a few changes to the AFP World Ranking. If you have no idea what I’m talking about check out my previous post explaining the rankings. If you’re all up to speed you can see a breakdown of how the disciplines and overall rankings have changed.

Men’s Slopestyle:
After a second consecutive win at Dew Tour, Gus Kenworthy moved up one position from 5th to 4th. Jossi Wells took home the silver medal after a great weekend of competition and made a 9 spot jump from 16th to 7th. In third place, Fabian Bosch made a significantly large leap of 42 spots, taking him from 63rd to 21st. Robby Franco finds himself in the Top 2o after rising from 21st to 19th and Teal Harle has moved into the Top 10. The top 3 spots in the rankings still remain with Joss Christensen, Bobby Brown, and James “Woodsy” Woods after their Dew Tour finishes of fourth, sixth, and fifth respectively.

Women’s Slopestyle:
Kelly Sildaru’s big victory at the Dew Tour this weekend has moved from 8th to 5th. After placing second Tiril Christiansen has moved from 3rd to 2nd. Emma Dahlstrom retains her 1st place position after taking home the bronze medal. A fourth place finish takes Johanne Killi from 15th to 8th in the rankings. Other notable movements in the Top 20 include Silvia Bertagna who finished 12th at Dew Tour and moved from 9th to 7th and Coline Ballet-Baz  who moved from 16th to 12th after finishing eleventh. Lisa Zimmermann has made her way into the Top 20 jumping 24 spots from 42nd to 18th, after finishing ninth at the Dew Tour.

Men’s Halfpipe:
With the Dew Tour,the ASAPA Revolution Halfpipe Qualifiers, and the first official stop of the U.S. Revolution Tour all taking place this weekend there has been quite a bit of movement in the halfpipe rankings. David Wise’s victory at the Dew Tour keeps him in 2nd position, while Beau-James Wells’ huge second place finish bumped him from 21st to 14th. Alex Ferreira rounded out the podium and rose 3 spots from 6th to 3rd. Finishing just shy of the podium in fourth was Kevin Rolland. He remains in 1st. Byron Wells 5th place finish earned him a one spot bump from 8th to 7th. Both Kris Atkinson and Jacob Beebe have entered the Top 20 in the 18th and 19th spots, respectively. At the USASA Revolution Tour Halfpipe Qualifiers Sammy Schuiling’s win took him from 70th to 68th. In second and third were Jasper Donley (now 74th) and Sam Ward (now 78th). And finally at the first official stop of the U.S. Revolution Tour, Kwang-Jin Kim picked up the win and a six spot jump, taking him from 36th to 30th. Gisler Joel makes no move from 128th after placing second and Alexander Yeadon rounded off the podium in third bumping him up 15 spots from 51st to 36th.

Women’s Halfpipe:
There is a new leader in the Women’s Halfpipe Rankings! Ayana Onozuka’s Dew Tour win allowed her to move into the top spot. Cassie Sharpe is up 3 spots, from 7th to 4th, after taking home second place. Brita Sigourney earned a one spot bump into 5th with her third place performance. Janina Kuzma just missed the podium placing fourth but has moved up into 2nd place in the rankings. Other notable movements as a result of the Dew Tour were Sabrina Cakmakli moving into the 8th spot and both Marie Martinod and Isabelle Hanssen moving into the Top 20. Marie jumping an impressive 14 spots from 23rd to 9th and Isabelle rising from 22nd to 18th. Abigale Hansens victory at the U.S. Revolution Tour along with her eleventh place finish at the Dew Tour keep her in 40th. A win at the USASA Revolution Tour Halfpipe Qualifiers has Svea Irving in 65th.

In the Men’s Overall Rankings, Gus Kenworthy and Jossi Wells hold on to first and second, Beau-James Wells moves into the Top 3 from 7th, and a one spot bump has moved Taylor Wilson up into 4th. In the Women’s Overall Rankings, Devin Logan remains in the top spot, Kelly Sildaru is just out of the Top 3 at 4th after her one spot rise, Ayana Onozuka is up from 11th to 8th, and Isabell Hanssen moved up five spots into 9th.

Men's Overall Rankings leaders Jossi Wells (2nd) and Gus Kenworthy (1st) during the Dew Tour Men's Slopestyle Final. / Photo: Dave Bergthold
Men’s Overall Rankings leaders Jossi Wells (2nd) and Gus Kenworthy (1st) during the Dew Tour Men’s Slopestyle Final. Photo: Dave Bergthold