Last weekend the Style Session took place in the Snowpark Morenia in Saas-Fee/Switzerland, and about 150 riders from across la Suisse showed up to rock the shit out of the place. The event organisers deemed it a good idea to have skiers and snowboarders battle it out in the same contest and get judged against each other. Read on to find out how this worked out for them:
The weather was perfect, with snow never being a big problem for Saas-Fee, and 32 crews with 3 to 5 riders each showed their arsenal of tricks. The judging was mostly about style and creativity on the jib line, and this was exactly what the crews went for. Good news for the spectators that started lining up at the park.
On the first day the crews rode a jam session and fought for one of the starting slots for next day's finals. Isa Derungs won the 'Best Chick' award and a Swisscom HTC Desire HD mobile phone. She had shown impressive rodeos and smooth 360s over the big kicker. The 'Best Rookies' award and a 3000.- SFR voucher from K2 went to the G.A.Y. crew. "It was super fun for once to ride with and not against your mates," a mere 14-year-old crew captain (and skier) Sandro Tscherrig commented on the Style Session.
In the finals on Sunday 16 crews tried to make it into the top three. The riders were motivated and managed to rise the level of riding with each run. Eventually, it was the N.E.R.D.S. crew, consisting of skiers Janne van Enckevort, Ashee Burri, Yannic Lerjen, Alessandro Jossen and Nathan Taugwalder. They showed 540s, switch 720s and switch backflips "with superman", whatever that means. As everyone knows spinning is easier on skis and speed (and therefore amplitude) is also not so difficult as you can approach a kicker straight without any setup turns. At least the second-placed White-Element crew (Pascal Imhof, Reto Marolf, Sascha Munthwyler, Chirstian Von Gunten and Irene Zimmermann) was a snowboard crew. The Hä? crew came in third and the G.A.Y. crew fourth.