Rider: Justin Morgan. Photo: Rick Ross

Words: Jacob T Weber

I have always lived by the simple mantra, nothing of real consequence, but words that just seem to work in a multitude of situations… Simply put it’s “fashion before function”. But as the years role by and as with age comes wisdom, it has become more and more apparent that fashion and functionality can coexist. This, the 4th stop of the Burton AM Series in Winter Park, CO, was a prime example of such a glorious coexistence.

Dark Territory at Winter Park provides the just the right kind of venue to meld the fashion and functionality of snowboarding: a long run with perfect spacing for rails and jumps and a raised platform overlooking it all, for the judges to deliver their verdicts. With the course laid out it was time to get down to the nuts and bolts of it.

The ladies were tearing up the beautiful course all afternoon, laying down line after line on the same jump line as the gents. With a massive front side 3 on the final 60 ft table Michelle Zeller took 3rd place. The Midwest was well represented throughout qualifiers and finals – Coming all the way out of Prior Lake, MN, Haille Soderholm laid down a back flip 180 with a bit of sketch and took 2nd place and $500. Heather Baroody laid out an old school back flip followed by a massive back side 3 over the 60 footer and took the podium, the US Open Qualifying Spot and the $750. She also walked home with $250 for best trick. It’s simple…when in doubt lay it out.

The gentlemen got on the course and to say it simply, shit got serious. In the previous 3 stops we witnessed 1 double cork attempted. In this single contest we saw 4 separate riders throw the double cork and one (the man of the hour), a switch backside double cork 1080. Yeah you read it right. Justin Morgan qualified first with a double back side rodeo and decided to seal the deal on the final run of the day sending the switch double cork 1080 and bolting it for 1st place and the best trick. Mark Hoyt let loose a switch double backflip and found himself onto the 2nd place podium spot. Jack Kyle got the double cork 10 in as well… but with a bit less variety and control on the top section of the course, ended up just behind Mr. Hoyt in 3rd and taking home 250 dollar bills.

It was a long, beautiful day on the Dark Territory Park at Winter Park and all my thanks go out to the outstanding Park Crew there. Dustin, Bob and the whole crew are truly exemplary at their jobs and it’s a pleasure to work with them. Thank you to all of our sponsors; Burton Snowboards, Snowboarder Mag, Swatch TTR and to Powder Tools Board Shop of Winter Park for supporting this stop of the tour. We’re heading to the super pipe next. Come on out and throw it down with us. As always $750 and a spot in the US Open are up for grabs.

Results:

Slopestyle Top Three Men, Winter Park, CO

Men’s:

  1. Justin Morgan
  2. Mark Hoyt
  3. Jack Kyle

Slopestyle Top Three Women, Winter Park, CO

Women’s:

  1. Heather Baroody
  2. Haille Soderholm
  3. Michelle Zeller

Best Trick:

Heather Baroody: back flip

Justin Morgan: switch backside double cork 1080