Another sunny day softening the snow on all features of “Il Castello” on Mottolino Fun Moutain in Livigno. Day 4 of the Suzuki Nine Knights saw more technical tricks, airtime, and flawless style. Using the entire course as a playground, the riders spent the entire day building their lines, mastering their tricks on each feature.
These incredible conditions finally gave our youngest and smallest rider on course, fourteen year-old skier Aspen Spora (USA), the perfect speed needed to hit the kicker. At first nervous, he was stoked to have landed smoothly the first try, and even went on to stomp some tricks. He explains: “The kicker is amazing even if was super scary to hit the first time. I was having trouble figuring out how to get enough speed but now I think it’s super mellow and fun. I did a couple straight airs to get comfortable and then a cork 3 and finally a backflip. It was amazing. It was so fun to be floating through the air for that long.”
Luca Tribondeau, Photo: David Malacrida
Of the amazing tricks seen today, skier Luca Tribondeau’s (AUT) triple cork off the biggest kicker is definitely a contender for one of the most impressive tricks of the day.
For the snowboarders, Sven Thorgren (SWE) went massive all day long, launching off the redirect kicker into the quarter pipe, then gapping the entire Blue Tomato takeoff, stomping a 720. Meanwhile, on the hip/mini ramp feature, snowboarder Max Parrot (CAN) was getting his handplants on the wallride dialled, just as Peetu Piiroinen (FIN) was continuously launching off the hip, getting higher every try.
Maxence Parrot, Photo: David Malacrida
If today demonstrates where the future of skiing and snowboarding is heading, we’re in the perfect hands. With the nightshoot, heli shoot, and contest day coming up, we’re sure to see some more incredible riding.