Whoever checked the weather forecast the day before the Oakley Schilthorn Open, may have had doubts that the event would go down. Snowfall starting at 7 a.m. and 27 centimeters of fresh pow surely are perfect conditions for an awesome powder day, but not particularly ideal for a freestyle contest. In the end, the weather god had mercy on the QParks Tour and the SKYLINE SNOWPARK Schilthorn. The conditions allowed a contest in the mode of “Two Runs – Best One Counts”.
All riders had two runs to show their style and impress the judges. The best run was taken into account for the final result. There was no time to hold back and all contestants had to give everything from the beginning. On a contest line with three hits, consisting of a Down Rail or Down Box, a Kicker with two takeoffs (10m and 6m) and an Up/Flat Industry Rail, the shredders showed what they had in store and gave the judges some tough decisions to make.
The best freeskier was Michel Bienz. His run got him a whole lotta price money and Goodies from Oakley, Radix, Pinetime Clothing, Amplifi and QParks, while Florian Mühlebach and Yannick Rüegsegger finished second and third. Leo Rupp won the Best Trick Award by stomping a Cork 720 Safety. In the Groms category, Florian Pale jibbed onto the first place, leaving Nico Kaufmann and Patrick Kemke on second and third rank.
After giving everything at the contest, the riders had the chance to settle down in the chill area, get themselves a deckchair, grab something to eat or some tea and wait for the Prize Giving to begin. The winning ceremony marked the end of a successful event with wintery conditions.
Not the view, but the riders made this year’s Oakley Schilthorn Open 2018 a rad event. The Oakley Schilthorn Open was the last stop before the big final of the QParks Tour. Whoever wants to stay updated about the very last tour stop of the season, going down at Snowpark Obergurgl on March 31, should check the Website of the QParks Tour, the Facebook Page or the Instagram Account.