Riders react to Olympic Slopestyle course design

Comments by Kelli Lynn Hargrove/

With the recent debut of the Olympic Slopestyle course design, the industry is buzzing over what FIS is putting on the table. We’ve sought out the opinions of the experts— the heavy-hitters of slope themselves. Here’s what they had to say:

Chas Guldemond (USA) says:

“The course designs for Sochi look pretty sick! It’s nice to see some new creativity in the rail sections. If Sochi gets some good snow and weather for the event it’s going to be insane!”

Enni Rukajarvi (FIN) says: 

“The Olympic Slopestyle course design looks pretty interesting and I think you can be pretty creative, especially with the rail features. It gives you a lot of choices. Personally I think it would be more fun not to see the setup beforehand though, hehe.”

See Also: FIS debuts details for the 2014 Olympic Slopestyle course

Eric Willet (USA) says:

“I’m the type of person that doesn’t get my hopes up until I’m actually there. I’m glad they have a bunch of different rail options instead of one down rail and a cannon rail. The third rail feature is cool, not necessarily the most fun or the most creative, but it’s a good feature to split up the jumps and rails. You can get a good rail line in then spin on and off the third feature to set you up for however you want to go into the first jump. Seeing a course on paper is completely different than riding it, so the true test will be when we get to ride it. My hope is that they’ll be able to keep that same set up that they have drawn out. Rarely do we see a design on paper and it be similar to what we actually ride.”

Stale Sandbech (NOR) says: 

“I really like that there are lots of options on the rail features, and three jumps is good! Hopefully weather will be on spot and we can show everyone what’s up.”

Stay tuned— we will keep updating this page as more athletes hit us up with their thoughts.