Big tricks were the norm at the opening U.S. Revolution Tour at Copper Mountain. (Copper/Tripp Fay
COPPER MOUNTAIN, CO (Dec. 20) – Doubles ruled in an impressive showing at the opening U.S. Revolution Tour stop at Copper Mountain. Riders went big in Monday's halfpipe snowboarding opener and a big field of over 100 riders from a dozen nations focused on the newest Olympic event of slopestyle snowboarding on Tuesday. Copper was the first of four stops on the Rev Tour, which featured both snowboarding and freeskiing comps for the second straight season, with board events having TTR 4Star status.
U.S. Snowboarding Rookie Team members Spencer Shaw (Stratton Mountain, VT) and Ben Ferguson (Bend, OR) went one-three in halfpipe.
Shaw won last year's halfpipe at Copper; Ferguson picked up his first Rev Tour in last year at Mt. Hood Meadows.
Arielle Gold (Steamboat Springs, CO) was second in the halfpipe to New Zealand's Rebecca Sinclair, moving up from fourth a year ago at Copper.
Gold was on the podium at Mt. Hood Meadows last year and top 10 in recent FIS World Cup in Switzerland.
Americans swept the podiums in slopestyle with Seth Hill (Breckenridge, CO) taking men's and Ty Walker (Stowe, VT) the women's.
66 athletes from seven nations in halfpipe snowboarding.
Second place Eric Beauchemin (Lake Winola, PA) was also second in the Paul Mitchell Progression Session last week in Copper during the Sprint U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix.
110 athletes from 12 nations in slopestyle snowboarding.
The Rev Tour capped an amazing six weeks at Copper with the opening of the new U.S. Ski Team Speed Center at Copper, snowboarding and freeskiing training camps in the massive 22-foot halfpipe, the Sprint U.S. Grand Prix plus the U.S. Revolution Tour.
The Rev Tour will resume Jan. 9-13 at Northstar-at-Tahoe, CA with halfpipe, slopestyle and snowboardcross, along with comparable freeskiing events.