The Big Air contest in Livigno became impossible during the final day of FIAT Nine Knights due to heavy snow leading to a Jib Contest being held instead. Roy Kittler reigned supreme with Henrik Harlaut in second and Fabio Studer taking third.
The FIAT Nine Knights had beautiful sunny days until the weather turned for the final two days of the event. ‘Il Castello’ had over half a meter of snow over night and despite vigorous Schneestern shapers and cat drivers of the Mottolino Fun Mountain clearing the castle at 4am, the visibility and snow conditions made the traditional Big Air contest impossible. Nico Zacek, even host, and the riders decided to hold an exciting Jib Contest on the hips, spines, quarters and rails instead!
Despite the constant snowfall, hundreds of spectators came to watch the best international freeskiers test their skills. The two hour jam session allowed riders to explore the creative lines and jibs of ‘Il Castello’.
Germany’s Roy Kittler’s first place run included a right 270 to switch on the down-flat-down stair set to switch left 270 on pretzel 270 off the down rail finishing with a switch tail butter cork 720 on the spine.
“I am really stoked on winning the jib jam,” said Roy “although it would have been awesome to do the Big Air Contest, finishing off this amazing week with a Jib Jam was still perfect!”
After securing the AFP Big Air World Championship, late arrival Henrik Harlaut earned second place. The Swede was as creative as ever, sending big cork 270s on the hip, a crazy cork 180 over the spine in addition to buttering and handdragging all over the rails. Austrian Fabio Studer claimed third with big flairs and super cork 360s over the spine, both way 270s and a switch tail butter 450 onto the down trail.
After the Jib Contest the clouds cleared and many riders send the main jumps deep into the landing. Italian Christoph Schenk held it down stomping a bunch of doubles almost landing a dub 10 over the spine! The event proved to be memorable.