The unpredictability of Winter X Games is part of the event’s appeal. New tricks, new names, upsets, surprises and general stimuli overload. The crowds, the tricks, the crashes, the variables, it all adds to the excitement. Those elements, along with the constant commitment to innovation at almost every level. In the weeks and months leading up to Winter X in Aspen, Colo., Henrik Harlaut had stayed away from anything resembling a traditional training program. Instead, the 21-year-old Swede had been touring the East Coast, skiing icy slopes as part of the Inspired Demo Tour. Small mountains with the occasional rail and maybe a small jump or two. Nothing close to what’d he encounter in Big Air and Slopestyle with the eyes of the world watching.
Winter marks the beginning of a new ski season. Before we look too far forward with all the coming contests and photo trips, take a few minutes to look back at the highlights of the 2012 Oakley Freeski season.
Dumont Cup Wrap-Up: Oakley’s Joss Christensen Podiums, Taking Third At Simon Dumont’s Pro-Am Thriller In Maine
It was more like beach than ski weather in Sunday River, Maine this weekend for the 4th Annual Dumont Cup. That didn’t stop some of the world’s best professional skiers and budding amateurs from hitting the slopes and throwing down some of the sickest tricks the sport has to offer. The newly awarded AFP platinum status event is hosted every year by Oakley skier and Maine’s own, Simon Dumont. This year the competition was thick, the weather was warm and the atmosphere was rockin.