Alex Hall and Kelly Sildaru took the wins in slopestyle at the 2022 Mammoth World Cup—also known as the U.S. Grand Prix—held on January 9 at Mammoth Mountain, California.
Maggie Voisin scooped up the bronze medal in the women's event.
After taking top seed in the qualifying round with a dominant score of 97.00, Alex Hall followed up in the finals with a second-run score of 95.50 to edge out his US teammate Nick Goepper for the win. A-Hall’s winning run included a switch right 270 tap on to pretzel 450 out; a left 270 on, front swap, pretzel 450 out; and a monstrous switch left 270 on, blind swap, front 630 out in the rail section. In the jumps, he delivered a switch right double cork 1080 double japan and a switch left double cork 1440 mute.
“I’m so stoked,” said Alex after the win, which came at the end of a long day on the mountain. “I think speaking for everyone, we’re a little tired right now. We got on the lift at like 7:45 this morning, so we all just pushed through and made it happen. It got a little dark on the rails, but the jumps stayed nice. I’m just hyped to lay it down. My body was feeling tired, so I kind of surprised myself.”
Holding the lead until A-Hall’s winning run, Nick Goepper put down a switch right 270 to pretzel 450; left 450 disaster to continuing 270; and a right 450, pretzel 270 in the rail session, completing his run with a switch right double misty 1260 mute and left double cork 1620 tail on the jumps.
Evan McEachran took third place for the day. In the rails, McEachran served up a rightside nosebutter 450 on to pretzel 270 out; a switch left tails on, front swap, back 270 out; and a huge backside 810 out of the cannon rail. On the jumps, McEachran blasted a switch right double cork 1440 safety into a whirlwind switch left double cork 1800 mute.
Those missing the podium included Mac Forehand, Fabian Bösch, Hugo Burvall and Edouard Therriault.
Final Results | 2022 Mammoth World Cup Men’s Slopestyle
The men's podium: Alex Hall, Nick Goepper and Evan McEachran.
On the women’s side, Estonia’s Kelly Sildaru locked in the win on her first run. It was her second straight World Cup slopestyle win for the season, after cleaning up in Stubai, Austria in October. Sildaru lined up a front swap, front 270 out; switch on, front swap to forward; and a big front 630 out of the cannon in the rail section, before bagging a switch left 1080 mute and a switch right 900 blunt in the jumps.
“My baggage got lost and I haven’t done any training, only the warmups before the qualis and the finals,” said Sildaru. “So I’m happy that I was able to put a good run down.”
In second place, Eileen Gu opted for a right 270 on, 270 out; switch left gap 270 on to forward; and a front swap to switch on the rainbow rail. She closed with a switch left misty 900 tail and a right cork 900 buick in the jump section.
Third place went to Maggie Voisin. She tossed a left 270 on, 270 out; switch left gap 270 on to forward; and a back 270 out of the rainbow rail, before finishing with a right cork 900 tail and a switch left 720 high safety.
Canada’s Olivia Asselin narrowly missed the podium just one point behind Voisin, while Kirsty Muir locked down fifth place.
Final results | 2022 Mammoth World Cup Women’s Ski Slopestyle
The women's podium: Kelly Sildaru, Eileen Gu and Maggie Voisin.
The World Cup slopestyle circuit continues next week with a stop in Font Romeu, France, the last event before the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, China.
Colby Stevenson qualified second, but couldn't deliver a run in the finals.
Anni Karava qualified in 12th, missing out on the women's finals.
Kelly Sildaru on her way to the top of the women's podium.
Spain's Thibault Magnin took 10th in the men's finals.
Olivia Asselin qualified in first place, but narrowly missed the podium in the final.
Max Moffatt caps cuban.
Mac Forehand tweaks one out.
A-Hall locked in on a unique rail feature from the Mammoth stockpile.
Marin Hamill up and over.
Ukraine's Kateryna Kotsar catching the light.