Along with the Red Bull Rampage, Châtel’s Mountain Style event is the only slopestyle in the world you’ll see all the top riders aboard full-on downhill rigs. Looking at the course, it’s no wonder; the precipitous, rock-strewn run – known as ‘the Face’ – is challenging enough to walk down, let alone ride. The designers and shapers have got seriously creative with the alpine terrain, sculpting a range of lines that fully integrate some of the more impressive boulders. Step-ups to step-downs and a huge three-way hip jump dominate the top of the course before riders must pick their way across a steep asteroid field, forcing them to utilise the full range of handling skills. With the natural terrain safely negotiated, a final road gap and monster gap jump guarantee a big finale in front of the spectators.
For the second year running, Brandon Semenuk dominated the event, throwing down multiple 360 drops, a huge backflip over the road gap and suicide no-hander on the big booter. Combined with smooth, effortless style in-between the big hits and defiant amplitude in the face of strong winds, his run secured a convincing victory. Cam Zink, once again showed his versatility with a fast and trick-laden run culminating in a huge nac-flip to tank-slapper-ball-ride. Check out the video below to see it in all its gory.
In typical Gallic style, the Face is unfenced and open to all-comers for the rest of the season. So, if you feel like going big, head over to Châtel. Just don’t forget to pack your cojones.