Cameron Waddell warms up in the rail section. Chad Buchholz/FIS

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Slopestyle season gets underway at the 2024 Laax Open

By: Ethan Stone January 17, 2024

The contest calendar kicks into full gear this week as the Laax Open gets underway in the park paradise of Laax, Switzerland.

It’s not the first slopestyle contest of the season—that honor goes to the slopestyle on the Stubai Glacier. However, since the finals in Stubai got cancelled, it feels a bit like the Laax Open is the official start of the World Cup slopestyle season.

It’s the second year that top-level freeskiing is back in Laax. After a decade of hosting Europe’s premiere freeski contest, the European Freeski Open, there were several years without a major contest. Last year the skiers finally got to rejoin the action at the mainly snowboard-focused Laax Open, and seem to be here to stay. Yeah, there’s no big halfpipe showdown under the lights like the boarders have—but hey, we’ll take what we can get.

This year's Laax Open course includes two sharkfin features leading into the jump section. Chad Buchholz/FIS