The season-opening Freeski Slopestyle World Cup event that was scheduled to go down this weekend in Stubai (AUT) has been cancelled due to hard snow storms and huge avalanche risk. It’s been dumping three meters in a few days and more is about to come. Really sad for the competition but probably a fun place to visit when the storm is over.
Last year Henrik Harlaut won his first Slopestyle World Cup title in Stubai. This year he didn’t have a chance to try the corse or even get up the mountain. He and the other Swedish freeski riders Jesper Tjäder, Oscar Wester and Oliwer Magnusson had a short visit with the national team in Stubai. We reached the coach Niklas Eriksson for a chat back at Arlanda. It’s super disappointing for all riders of course, but we can’t do much about the weather. All the guys were really stoked to get back in to Slopestyle again after the Big Air premiere in Modena.
I don’t think I’ve ever experienced a cancelled competition before. The weather has been really rough for a long time here. I know some teams that arrived straight after Modena in the start of November, and they have only had two ridable days since then, says Niklas.
The next event on the Slopestyle World Cup calendar will be the Font Romeu (FRA) competition, taking place from January 9-11, 2020. Before that The Air + Style Big Air World Cup is going down from December 12-14 in Beijing (CHN) and in Atlanta (USA) December 19-21.