“Biggest snowflakes I’ve seen in a long time!” Joss Christensen — Olympic slopestyle gold medalist — says staring out of his hotel room window. The snow came down hard and heavy this morning, a fluffy white blanket tucking in a town that just woke up.
Eager to get a jump on the new snowfall, the riders inhaled breakfast and made a break for the snow, unknowing that the snow was a Trojan hoax by a dastardly Mother Nature. A few centimeters of the heaviest snow drenched Åre today, testing the riders’ wax and patience. But the restless bunch took to Åre’s park anyway to make the best of a sticky situation and steal some laps.
Deal with it… seemed to be the former half of today’s motto. Despite the new snow, there were enough smiles to share as the boys lapped and lapped until it was time to retreat and prepare for practice.
However, the wind and hefty weather made sure that no practice was to happen today… Despite everyone’s optimism, it wasn’t worth sending the world’s best skiers through the air three seconds at time over the biggest kicker this winter has ever seen. A slight gust of wind could spell the end of the next two seasons or a sticky patch of snow could mean a summer of crutches. Thus, today’s practice sessions were called off.
But that doesn’t mean we can’t still have a little fun… The gang grouped up in the lobby of the hotel and took to the streets in hunt of the best dinner Åre has to offer. And boy did we find it.
Up here we are treated like kings, royalty imported from the four corners of the world for one fantastic week of frivolous freedom. The drinks flow like the creeks of Åre and the smiles are distributed in bulk. There is no other experience like the Jon Olsson Invitational… It is one of a kind, a truly unique treatment.
And on that note, I think I hear the calling of a promising night. Stay tuned to World of Betsafe for tomorrow’s qualifiers!
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