The FWT competition is set to go down tomorrow, Friday the 11th. The snow is stompable and Mac Face (above) is lookin’ nasty. After a week of nothing but snow, Revelstoke will have its moment in the sun as the world’s best riders tear up the uber steep, rock laden venue under blue skies.
61 riders will drop in, 4 will come out on top. Here is Bomb Snow’s unsponsored competitor report:
Starting off with men’s snowboard; Hailing from Fernie, BC, Jamie Rizzuto has had a great start to the season and will be competing on somewhat of an advantageous home turf. With the largest beard in the competitor field, Matt Annetts, is sure to hold his own on the Mac Daddy. Xavier De La Rue is yet to be spotted but rumor has it, three unaffiliated helicopters dropped him on top of Mac Daddy where he has set up a bivouac. All competitors have been banned from accessing the top of the peak.
The highly controversial woman’s snowboard field has drawn headlines this week. Unconfirmed trips to Xavier’s bivouac has sadly resulted in the rumored disqualification of two female snowboard competitors. Anything could happen here, but, keep an eye on Utah’s Shannon Yates.
Bomb Snow’s thoughtful and well researched predictions have put Crystal Wright somewhere on the women’s ski podium. An MSU alumni and owner of Wright Training, Crystal is stronger than all of the 61 competitors. Christine Hargin will come out of the start hard charging and with her eye on the prize, we only know this because she is the reigning FreerideWT champ. Sonja Lercher will pull from her Euro roots to become the host country’s adopted hometown hero.
It’s hard to argue with head judge, Hugo Harrison’s, pick for men’s ski champion: Aurelien Ducroz. But, here are a few of Bomb Snow’s favorites that all stand a chance of proving victorious. Kevin O’Meara is one of the most spirited competitors in all of the FWT, his entertaining style will please the crowd and hopefully the judges. At 38 years old, Seb Michaud, will still go bigger than the 17 year old Revelstoke locals. Griffin Post sat on the sidelines with TGR for a while but still holds the ability to be one of the sharpest edges in skiing. With a style that matches both the competition and after-party venues, Sam Smoothy, has the ability to take the on piste and aprés overall. A man of few words and even fewer turns, Silas Chickering- Ayers, has been overheard commenting on the beginner-like terrain of Mac Face.
It’s going to be a good show, folks. Make sure to tune into …… Friday morning to watch all of the action go down.
The forecast is predicting another 15-20 cm over the next couple days and rumor has it the competition wont go off until Thursday or Friday.
Revelstoke Mountain Resort is definitely the place to be right now. With that super deep fluffy stuff falling heavily over the past few days, the first stop on the FWT should be one for the history books. – Mckenna Peterson / Photos: Axel Peterson
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