Woodsy is the top qualifier in the 2015 Winter Dew Tour Slopestyle, followed by Jossi Wells and Bobby Brown.
The men’s slopestyle semifinals just wrapped up at the 2015 Winter Dew Tour event at Breckenridge, Colorado, with ten skiers earning their places in Sunday’s finals, and an additional two spots open in the Last Chance Qualifier afterwards.
It was quite the way to kick off the 2015-16 competition season, with a slopestyle course featuring diverse rail options and some steep-looking jump landings, and a very stacked field of competitors with different approaches to the course. Some were out there to stomp their stock tricks, following an ever-more established route to the podium; others were looking to keep things fresh, like Henrik Harlaut, Alex Beaulieu-Marchand and Antti Ollila. A surprising number of skiers took to the course without poles.
Jossi Wells earned his finals spot with his first run, and rewarded us all with an all-zero spin run for his second go-round.
Unfortunately flat light and rising winds kept the competitors guessing throughout the day, but several veterans and a few up-and-comers managed to cash in on clean runs and earn their tickets to the finals.
James Woods ended up qualifying first, followed by Jossi Wells who put down one of the most stylish runs of the day. Bobby Brown fought his way into third place with a stellar second run, bumping Alex Beaulieu-Marchand’s highly creative and technical run down to fourth. Other second-run qualfiers included Gus Kenworthy, Antoine Adelisse, Jesper Tjäder and Joss Christensen, who squeaked in at tenth.
Top 10 +2
Once the dust cleared from Runs 1 and 2, the ten skiers placed 11-20th in the semifinals got one more run in a Last Chance Qualifier, which ended up ushering Swiss talent Fabian Bösch and Norwegian Øystein Bråten into the finals as well.
Full semifinal results (after 2 runs)