Euro Winter X Games Tignes 2013: first day of competition

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Chas Guldemond gets wild on the slopestyle under bluebird skies. Photo: Tristan Shu
Chas Guldemond gets wild on the slopestyle in yesterday’s training session. Photo: Tristan Shu

The snow is back on Tignes today, but it should clear up later this afternoon and the forecast for the other two days of competition, tomorow and Friday, are pretty good. The real snowboard action will start tonight with the men’s Superpipe eliminations at 6.30pm followed by the women’s Superpipe Final.

At the moment, snow is still falling quite heavily on the French resort and seeing that the Final of the ski women slopestyle has been pushed back to tomorrow, we might see some some delays happening today, but luckily this should all clear up by late afternoon to let the boys and girls in the pipe list to throw down as expected.

The good news is, the forecast for the rest of the event – tomorrow and Friday – is really good and we should see a nice bluebird like yesterday where all the riders (and editors) made the most of the fine March powder that Tignes granted us with. After this fluffy and sunny morning yesterday, Mark McMorris, Louie Vito, Kelly Clark and Jamie Anderson were the snowboarder’s representatives at the pre-event press conference, and all sounded pretty stoked on both courses: superpipe and slopestyle. The superpipe is of epic proportions – 180m long, 19m wide and 7m high – although McMorris admitted that the jumps on the slopestyle were not the biggest. Will that open up more possibilities for the underdogs? “Not really” answered the Canadian, adding that with such a stacked line up of riders, “everybody can win”. Indeed, we would have a hard time giving you an obvious favorite with such a rider list, both for slopestyle and pipe… Maybe on the girls side of things will it be a little more predictible, with the presensce of ultra favorites Kelly Clark and Jamie Anderson, respectively for halpipe and slopestyle. So the best is to be in front of your TV or computer from 6:30pm this afternoon for the men’s superpipe qualifiers followed by the women’s superpipe final. And if you can’t, check back here tonight and you’ll find out!

Here’s the updates schedule (with the delayed women’s ski slopstyle final):

Wednesday 20th March 2013

- 6:30 – 8 pm: Men’s Snowboard SuperPipe eliminations
- 8:30 -9:45 pm: Women’s Snowboard SuperPipe final

Thursday, 21st March 2013

- 10:30 am – noon: Men’s Snowboard Slopestyle eliminations
- 1:00 – 2:15 pm: Men’s Ski Slopestyle final

- 3:00 pm: Women’s Ski Slopestyle final

- 6:30 – 7:45 pm: Men’s Snowboard SuperPipe final
- 8:30 – 10 pm: Men’s Ski Ski SuperPipe eliminations

Friday, 22nd March 2013

- 10:30 am – noon: Men’s Snowboard Slopestyle final
- 1:00 – 2:15 pm: Women’s Snowboard Slopestyle final
- 6:30 – 7:45: Men’s Ski SuperPipe final
- 8:30 – 9:45 pm: Women’s Ski SuperPipe final

oh, and the rider’s list is right here.

And on that bombshell, a few riders were willing to enter our prediction game, and here’s where they would put their money on:

Eric Willett (slopestyle) recons Scotty Lago will win this, but a close call between him and iPod. The Swiss Russian rider is also the favorite of Tortein Horgmo for the pipe.

Jamie Anderson was very much into the prediction game and chose Mark McMorris for the slopestyle, Kelly Clark and Louie Vito for the pipe.

If you want to see all the predictions from a mix of riders and punters, check this video.

And if you’re at the event, don’t hesitate to use the Hashtag #xgamesnow on everything related to the X Games in Tignes! Our Top 10 Grams and Tweets daily win Onboard subs and overall favorite wins a bag of swag including a snowboard!

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