Eight women tossed their hat into the ring for the inaugural women’s ski Knuckle Huck. It was a diverse crew, with everyone from Olympic gold medalist Sarah Hoefflin to street skier Taylor Lundquist to the first woman skier to land a double cork, Lisa Zimmermann. Lisa’s been out of serious competition for years due to a head injury, so it was great to see her back at X for the first time since 2017.
Things got started off slowly, with many women going for various 180 to 360 combinations. Lisa opened up with a creative take, a switch 180 to front flip with her hands clasped behind her back the whole time, but didn’t get much love from the judges, who were looking for riders to maximize the knuckle aspect—in other words, hand drags and butters. Accordingly, Sarah Hoefflin got off to an early lead in the jam-session format with a perfectly executed nose butter 540.