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post #1 of 15
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FWT (www.freerideworldtour.com) Mammoth Open / Quest / Challenge update.

Well, I'm now sitting here in a coffee shop in Mammoth visualizing my line for tomorrow's Mammoth Open....the very first stop on the Freeride World Tour. The Open is essentially a qualifier for the Mammoth Quest (held on Tues / Wed) and the Quest is essentially a last chance qualifier to get into the Mammoth Challenge which is the heli accessed BC comp that everone will be ooohing and ahhhing over

Anyway, we were all originally told that only the top 5 male skiers from tomorrow's Open will advance to Tuesday's event. But now after listening to the riders meeting a short while ago, they are splitting the field in HALF. So out of 56 male skiers....28 will advance to Tuesday's Mammoth Challenge which is part of FWQT and join the group of pre-selected pre-qualified riders.

The Open tomorrow will be held on Hemlock Ridge. A pretty tame venue (think Vista at KW, but with less rocks) but that's to be expected for the opening event I guess. However there are some chances to go big and link together a fluid line so it should be interesting.

While scouting the runs today, I thought only the top 5 skiers would be advancing so I picked out a fairly rowdy line that will either be totally awesome or I'll just totally crash . Then when I heard that half the field is advancing, I thought maybe I should adjust my line to something tamer since the goal will just be to advance. We'll see tomorrow morning...I won't know what I'm doing until morning anyway...hopefully I'll just '**** it' and stick and stick with my original planned line.

As for the Mammoth Challenge, it was originally only going to be Tuesday, but now with more skiers in it, it will now be two days. I'm not sure where Tuesday's event will be held (heard a rumor about "oh ****" ridge, but not sure if that's confirmed) but 10 skiers will advance to Wednesday event and THAT will be on Top of the World. Top of the World right now is bony and rocky, and hairball as anything....they said they only want 10 skiers for Wednesday because "there's probably only enough snow in there for 10 people" (direct quote...hahahaha).

The top 3 skiers from Wednesday event will make it to the grand pubbha event, the Mammoth Challenge held on Mt. McGee that Alto is already pre-qualified for.

Regardless of what happens, this should be a fun ******* week. If I qualify for tomorrow, I'll have to come with a *cough*...*cough* or something

catch all that? phew!

More to come...
post #2 of 15
Charge hard and stick the landings. :

Good luck, Tyrone.
post #3 of 15
Fokin' send it.
post #4 of 15
Good Luck Tyrone!

HB
post #5 of 15
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Well, I got crushed today.

I launched my top air (25?), felt good in the air, land, and just as I'm riding out of it, my uphill hand brushes some debris and my pole just flew off of hand. My momentum carried me 10 feet below it, so I had to stop, then sidestep back up to get it. As soon as I lost it I knew it was over for me. Dropping a pole, basically destroys your control score, and then stopping and sidestepping back up to it destroyed my fluidity score. I think I got 3rd from last!!! wohoo!

Still had fun though. Today was on Hemlock and tomorrow's venue is the same. Then they cut the field in half or so after tomorrow and those guys go ski Oh **** ridge (should be sick...permanent closure and untracked), then the top 10 from Oh **** ridge head up to Top of The World on Wednesday afternoon where those top 3 advance to the big heli event next week. Super tough format to get through, but it will guarantee that only the best get through.

There should be some raw footage tonight of it up on www.mammoth-snowman.com
post #6 of 15
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update:

highlights of the first day are now up on http://link.brightcove.com/services/...ctid1379196708

My pole drop that led to me demise is at about 3:00 min. Painful to watch 'cause it felt pretty good when I landed. :
post #7 of 15
Couldn't find that video there. Why didn't you just finish without a pole?
post #8 of 15
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Originally Posted by saudan's boudoir View Post
Couldn't find that video there. Why didn't you just finish without a pole?
hmm...the video should be right there when you click on that link. there should be a player that launches automatically on the right side of the screen.

as for why I didn't finish without a pole, you have to finish with all of the equipment that you started with. If I crossed the line w/o a pole, I would have been DQ'd (basically was anyway).
post #9 of 15
The video was posted last night here: MammothSnowman (full screen link)

Tyrone is interviewed at 3:00 about halfway through, talking about taking his line to the skier's left. Unfortunately he drops a pole off the first air and had to climb back to retrieve it. The camera does not pick up what he said as he realized he didn't have his pole, but I bet it was choice. Nice air form and very steezy outfit. Tyrone looked ready to charge.

Ron, what were conditions like? Was that rain crust present?
post #10 of 15
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Conditions were pretty difficult. Not so much a rain crust (don't think it rained that high up), but heavily tracked out, very set-up, wind affected crud. The snow on the landings was very "punchy" and grabby. Difficult conditions, but the top guys made it look very forgiving.

edit: I don't think that link you provided is working Cirque. this one should work: http://link.brightcove.com/services/...ctid1379196708
post #11 of 15
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Final results are up! Americans sweep the podium at the first stop of the new Freeride World Tour, the Mammoth Quest. These top 3 guys advance to the final round next week, at the Mammoth Challenge.

Congrats to Cody Townsend (Squaw), Griffin Post (Jackson?), and Cory Zila (Mammoth).

Full results here:
http://www.freerideworldtour.com/mul...st_results.pdf

video to come a little later today.
post #12 of 15
subscribing...

sorry about your landing, ty. are you going to attempt another qualifier?

maybe now we need high-din pole straps.

keep the footy coming.
post #13 of 15
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subscribing...

sorry about your landing, ty. are you going to attempt another qualifier?
Not on this tour since the rest of the qualifying series are in Yurp. But I still do the IFSA Squaw event and the little local KW event in March.

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maybe now we need high-din pole straps.
Race stock pole straps.....
post #14 of 15
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Originally Posted by Tyrone Shoelaces View Post
Race stock pole straps.....
where the pole breaks before the strap...

(kinda like the ski breaking before the binding releasing... think derbyflex. remember seeing those wrecks by wc downhillers? 500 cartwheels, ski in splinters and derbyflex attached to the foot.) :

or- you could just invest in a hover-board and never worry about being that close to the snow again.
post #15 of 15
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Originally Posted by Cirquerider View Post
The video was posted last night here: MammothSnowman (full screen link)
Just so you know that ASX file link changes almost daily...

Here is the link for the Bright COve player at my home site:
http://www.mammoth-snowman.com/mammoth-open-quest.html
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