The 2013 Swatch Skiers Cup has come to a close in Zermatt. Well, except for the party. After the big mountain day, Team Europe held an 11-5 lead over Team Americas. Going into today, Cody Townsend's team hoped to make up ground in the big mountain slopestyle arena. Kaj Zackrisson's team, however, had other plans.
The morning kicked off with a round of impressive trickery as Fabio Studer, Markus Eider, and Sam Favret, coming off a big win at Red Bull Linecatcher, led Team Europe with creative lines and big tricks including massive cork 3s and back flips at the top.
All of the competitors were pulling out all the stops, including Townsend, who over-rotated a massive dub 10 on one of the bottom kickers built by Julien Regnier. Paddy Graham and Sverre Liliequist, who has been making his way around the Internet with his back flip in front of an avalanche from the big mountain day, also jumped into the double game. Graham went for a dub 10 into 12, nearly stomping it, while Lilequist hucked a large double front, landing on his back. Though many tried, not one of the competitors could stick the switch landing into pow, though all agreed the jumps were some of the best they'd hit all season.
Team Europe captured their second Swatch Skiers Cup victory in three year with a final score of 21-11.
"This is one of the best contests out there," said Richard Permin of Team Europe.
Tonight is the award ceremony, followed by a massive party. The legendary 10 percent rule is in effect so it's likely that more than one competitor will stomp something this evening.
The two captains for the 2014 Skiers Cup have been confirmed. Julien Regnier will lead Team Europe, and JP Auclair will head Team Americas. The host resort will be announced soon.