Saturday in Aspen was when the weather started to go south. The early morning brought rain, which thankfully let up in time to go see Men’s Snowboard Slopestyle. However, the slick conditions combined with overcast skies proved to be very tricky.
Men’s Snowboard Slopestyle
- The course was super fast so everybody was messing up their first attempts. Except Eric Willet and Sebastian Toutant, who threw down a banger of a run that would get him silver.
- Darcy Sharpe and Sage Kotsenburg had the best rail section, but unfortunately they couldn’t land all their jumps.
- Mark McMorris had some strategy going into his second run: taking some speed checks so he could stay in control. It paid off because that second run was solid gold.
- Apparently Darcy’s mom had a dream that he and his sister (freeskier Cassie Sharpe) got X Games invites before they actually got them. She went ahead and booked a flight and hotel that morning, and she almost regretted it because of the cost. His impression of her was adorable.
- Newcomer Mons Røisland had some bobbles, but his huge jumps on his last run allowed him to sneak past Eric into third.
- Mark’s third run was his victory lap, and he ended with a solid method.
After slopestyle, my parents and I went back to town. I had read in the paper that Colten Moore was doing reading and signing of his new book, Catching the Sky, at Explore Booksellers and wanted to see him. Ironically, he did an event in Dallas in February too, but Aspen was way more convenient for me. His friend (manager?) said I should go to both, haha. I got him to sign my Texas flag and a copy of Catching the Sky.