Day 5: Weather woes don’t stop British Slopestyle Championships

We knew the weather was looking dodgy for today so the riders competing in the slopestyle contest were up on the hill early to get their practice runs in.

 
The girls just managed to get their qualifying runs in before the main lift used by competitors was closed. Gilly Seagrave was the last rider to get a run on the full course, hitting the rails and wallride with tons of style before suffering a nasty fall on the kickers. However she scored so highly on her first hits that she still won the masters competition.
 
Laura Berry took the overall title, with little Katie Omerod coming second and Stefani Nurding taking third.
 
The weather looked like it was worsening and organisers decided to wait half an hour to see if the wind was picking up before deciding whether to call the men’s contest off. I went for a run but I got to the chairlift to go back up the mountain just as they closed it because of the wind. So I rode down to the base and went back to bed (but of a late night last night, y’see). 
 
I was riding the Salomon Lily today but given I only got one run on it down a mogully slush field it’s kinda hard to say much about it! It’s the board that X-Games winner Jenny Jones rides so that’s a decent indication of its pedigree.
 
I’d assumed that was the end of the day for everyone else as well but apparently the wind died down a bit and the organisers decided to run a rail jam for the guys, leaving out the three lines of kickers.
 
Jamie Nicholls won the contest and he took Dan Wakeham’s terrified-looking dog onto the stage with him to collect his medal. Declan Power came second and Chris Kightley came third.
 
This year a new award has been created in memory of respected snowboarder and coach Keith MacIntosh who was killed during last year’s board test in Kaunertal. The award was created to recognise the rider who the judges believe has shown the best spirit and attitude during the Brits. This year they awarded it to Katie Omerod, who has had a terrific week and is clearly a talent we’re going to see bothering the podium for many years to come. 
 
It snowed pretty heavily all afternoon so tomorrow is looking like a pretty epic powder day. We’re heading to Casa Veglia for the Animal rock night. However first lift beckons tomorrow too so it won’t be too much of a late night. It’ll be my last day of the season on snow and it sounds like it’s going to be a memorable one!

Related links:

Day 4: Twists and turns in the British Halfpipe Championships

Day 3: Chilling (literally) at the Giro British Big Air Championships

Day 2: Checking out the Trespass British Boardercross Championships

Day 1: The Brits arrive for the, erm, Brits

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