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Skiers sound off on World Cup Big Air

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“I don’t really know what to think about it. I hope the sport is pushed into the right direction and that grabs get valued more in the future. We’ll see what happens this season!”– Alex Hall (recently spun into the future on a switch triple cork 1800)

I think it’s cool. There haven’t been many Big Airs, now there’s a lot more, and that’s cool!

– Andri Ragettli(won last year’s overall World Cup slopestyle title)

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So it’s like aerials, but with the option to use poles, and the takeoffs are flatter? That’s what initially comes to mind. Besides what some would refer to as “hating,” I really don’t have an opinion on the issue. If pipe and slope is already in, I don’t see the problem to be honest. I’m just wondering how they will sell it to the uninitiated viewers. So, umm, it’s sort of like aerials, but they don’t go as high? And their form is way off.

– Jacob Wester (one of the first double cork innovators; likes to surf)

I don’t really have an opinion about it, since I want to do as few contests as possible in order to have more time for shredding with friends and filming. But if I had to say something, I’d say that FIS Big Air is actually pretty cool. The contests only take a few days away from the season, and the training is late in the day. And it always includes parties!

Lisa Zimmermann (first woman to land a double cork 1260; likes to party)

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Regarding FIS, it’s weird for me to be involved in any type of discussion involving the circuit, because me and almost all the people I ski with, we never interact or ever feel or hear anything about FIS or World Cups or whatever. What we focus on is creating new shit, being out there, living the life, you know. Really, FIS could make all kinds of decisions and the only time we notice it is when a ski journalist asks us about it.

Lucas Stål-Madison (member of influential “The Bunch” ski crew)

I think it will eventually lead to an event people cannot relate to. If you need a huge perfect jump or very specific “training facilities” to be the best, then it’s much less accessible, relatable, and tangible for a kid to get to that level and want to participate in it. Similar to what you see in halfpipe. It costs so much to make, and has so much liability (at least in the U.S.) that more and more resorts have stopped building them. That being said, I am stoked to watch the crazy stuff people come up with, and I’m hoping more wobbles make their way into the scene instead of straightforward flips plus spins. I want to have to re-watch things rather than fast forward through predictable tricks.

– Will Wesson (likes to grind trees and other unusual objects, probably has never been in a big air contest)

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Well I had no idea to be honest with you. I’m trying my best to just not pay attention to that side of the world of skiing now. All I can really say is we handed the key of our sport over to an outside, money driven, beneficiary. Now we are at the point where we are watching them move into the house and take over. I will always hate them but as long as they keep getting cooperation from so many we will never be able to get the key back and kick them outta our sport.

– Ahmet Dadali (street skier, real talker)

I think it’s a good thing, I don’t see anything bad with getting the sport out in more mainstream media. FIS did a amazing job with the one in Chile—possibly the most pleasing for riders ever. Three full days of practice and then being open and having the format be the way us skiers wanted. So it’s just up to the skier to represent it with flavor and style.

– Henrik Harlaut (is a Wu-Tang fanatic)

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I think that it’s really good that Big Air is now a part of the FIS World Cup. Girls now have the chance to compete in Big Air comps during the whole season, an arena that was mostly only for boys before. Having Big Air as a World Cup also makes it easier for more people to enter as it’s not only for the top skiers through invitation. It will also give our sport more media and it’s great that we have another WC globe to fight for. I’ve now been to two FIS Big Air’s and both of them have been very well organized!

– EMMA DAHLSTRÖM (owns an awesome road-trip van)

I really am down with it. It means a lot more big air contests with more prize money, which I am down with!

– Noah Morrison (is down with more prize money)

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I’m actually not such a big fan of FIS World Cups, but if they do it right, and don’t always use the same format, then it could still be cool.

– Kai Mahler (proud owner of 3 X Games Big Air medals)

I think it’s okay, after all I do have certain advantages there 😋

– Luca Schuler (first person to land a triple cork 1080)

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Ahmet Dadali, Alex Hall, Andri Ragettli