Snowbowl hosts its first-ever Slopestyle competition


Snowbowl Slopestyle

MISSOULA, Mont. - With the big air, spins, and tricks of the Olympic Slopestyle event capturing the attention of the world, one Montana resort is building its first ever Slopestyle terrain course.

Skiers and boarders will be competing on it for the first time ever this weekend.

The course at Snowbowl Ski Resort near Missoula isn't as big as the one in the Olympics, but local hero Maggie Voisin was injured on the controversial course in Sochi. It didn't end there, superstar Shaun White refused to compete on it. 

With that knowledge, Snowbowl is working to make its Slopestyle course safe and enjoyable for its first-ever Slopestyle event this Saturday.

"It almost, in a way, limits athletes because that fear factor starts to set in with something they are usually so comfortable with. You also have to scale everything down where everyone can get great use of it, just have these big scary features that only a small percentage of the population can use," said Freestyle coach Joe Dillon.

Like the Olympians, skiers will hit a mixture of rails and jumps at the new Snowbowl course.

Before the competition, crews will be making the jumps bigger with the addition of five rails.

"It's great, you know, you start at the top and you get to hit a couple jumps, then right after that you kind of have the right side that's a little more easy, some boxes on the right side....a little difficult with a C-rail, S-rail," explained Slopestyle course builder Tyler Wilde.

Snowbowl broke its daily attendance record already this year. The crew figures a true terrain park will bring in even more riders throughout the season.

"It's a big thing, because we never really had a consistent terrain park up here. The whole Slopestyle thing in the Olympics just show you the progression of the sport and how big Slopestyle is. That can show the mountain that there is a lot of people who want to come up, ride a terrain park and compete in these competitions, and we can kind of progress forward for the future," said Slopestyle judge Cache Givvons.

The event is open to all ages and there is a $5 charge to sign up.

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