After a phenomenal first run that was awarded 98 points, everyone thought that Sebastien Toutant (Can) had all but killed the final. This was true until Chas Guldemond's second run, that was declared ‘close to perfection’ by the judges who awarded Chas 99.33 points after painstakingly studying his run. A score that was synonymous of a Gold medal and a first victory for the American.
Chas also created history by earning the highest score of the Winter X Games Europe and one of the highest scores in the Winter X Games history.
Gjermund Braten in the Mens Slopestyle at the Winter X Games 2011 in Tignes Photo: Stef Cande/ESPN Images
Completing the podium behind Sebastien Toutant comes the Breckenridge resident (Colorado) Eric Willet in third place. After winning the final here in Tignes last year, and the US Open just last week, Willet continues his winning streak with the bronze medal today. Also confirming the exceptional amount of progress he has made over the last two years.
Mens Slopestyle podium at the Winter X Games 2011 in Tignes Photo: Stef Cande/ESPN Images
Chas Guldemond wins Mens Slopestyle at the Winter X Games 2011 in Tignes Photo: Vianney Tisseau/ESPN Images
Christian Haller in the Mens Slopestyle at the Winter X Games 2011 in Tignes Photo: Stef Cande/ESPN Images
The Nissan Xtreme Verbier was the last event in the 2011 Freeride World Tour for the year, and it was Frenchman Xavier De Le Rue who took the final honours, Britains James Stentiford was once again on the podium. In the womens event Anne-Flore Marxer took both the event and the tour title.
Laax in Switzerland was once again the location for the biggest week in British snowboarding, the Brits 2011. Snowboardcross, Big Air, Halfpipe and Slopestyle competitions as well as plenty of messy parties completed the week.
Britains Zoe Gillings re-affirmed herself as one of the best snowboard cross athletes in the World when she finished on the podium in 3rd place at the World Cup Snowboard cross finals in Arosa, Switzerland.
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Great all-round resort with something for everyone, no matter what your ability. However, watch out some for long lift queues and crowds during school holidays and weekends.”