The final round of the FIS World Cup saw all Alpine competition taking place in the Austrian resort of Lenzerheide. To kick off the weekend, a unique Mixed Team Parallel slalom competition took place, pitching national teams formed of two skiers of each gender off against each other in a single elimination tournament. Pairs of skiers raced in direct competition, with the cumulative times of the three fastest skiers measured against those of the other team.
In the final on Friday, Norway beat out Germany to take the win, with Austria edging out Sweden for third in the “small” final. A British team formed of Alex Tilley, Owen Vinter, Charlie Guest and Robert Poth finished in 9th out of a field of nine teams.
The men returned on Saturday with a Giant Slalom event, with Alexis Pinturault taking first off Croatian Filip Zubcic in second and Mathieu Faivre, also of France, in third. Pinturault again finished in the places on Sunday’s Slalom competition, behind fellow Frenchman Clement Noel in second and Austria’s Manuel Feller in first.
Britain’s Dave Ryding finished in 14th out of a field of 26 skiers in Sunday’s slalom.
The same events, albeit in reverse, occupied the weekend for the women, with Katarina Liensberger of Austria taking first in Saturday’s Slalom. She was very closely followed by Mikaela Shiffrin of the USA in second and Michelle Gisin of Switzerland in third. Shiffrin repeated the same feat in Sunday’s Giant Slalom, finishing behind Alice Robinson of New Zealand in first and with Meta Hrovat of Slovenia in third.
The first weekend of freestyle skiing competition since January took place in Aspen, with Slopestyle taking place on Saturday and halfpipe on Sunday. USA’s Colby Stevenson took first place in the men’s Slopestyle, with good performances from Britain’s James Woods in 17th, Gus Kenworthy in 28th, Chris McCormick in 41st and Tyler Harding in 54th. France’s Tess Ledeux took first place from Britain’s Kirsty Muir in the women’s competition, which also saw a good result for fellow Britons Isabel Atkins and Katie Summerhayes, who finished 12th and 13th respectively.
In Sunday’s Halfpipe, USA’s Aaron Blunck took first place. Britain’s Gus Kenworthy competed again, finishing 15th, with national teammates Sam Ward and Sam Gaskin in 31st and 35th. In another great result for GB Snowsports, Zoe Atkin took second behind Canada’s Rachel Karker. Constance Brogden, also of GB Snowsports, finished 15th.
On one plank, the same Slopestyle and Halfpipe events took place, also at Aspen. Austria’s Anna Gasser took first in the women’s Slopestyle, which saw Briton Katie Ormerod finish 16th. Billy Cockrell finished 38th in the men’s event, with Norway’s Marcus Kleveland going on to win.
In Sunday’s Halfpipe competition, Japan’s Yuto Totsuka took first from countryman Raibu Katayama, with Germany’s Andre Hoeflich in third. USA’s Chloe Kim took first in the women’s competition ahead of Spaniard Queralt Castellet and Sena Tomita of Japan.