West Coast Session 10 is underway! The event kicked off with Opening Ceremony, laying out the events to come these next few days. John Ware dedicated the session to Matt Heffernan- a friend to all us here at West Coast Session. During the Opening Ceremonies it was announced the the Team Edit Contest will be returning. The Team Edits will be between 6 and 20 minutes long, providing plenty of time for stunts. The Daily Offering was introduced as a daily event taking place somewhere on the hill, at a different time every day. Introduced as well was the Daily Hashtag contest, an Instagram video or picture challenge taking place each day.
Strong winds forced Public Day to be moved to later in the week, and shut down all but Pucci. With sticky snow the majority of the skiers took a day to skate around Windell’s, save for a few that put in work on Gypsy Island. Rumor has it there was also a small booter built off the operating lift. After the wind died down, and Hood was blessed with lift access, WCS truly began.
Monday offered skier’s the first chance to hit the Big Jump- along with the sunset shoot. The morning started with skiers trying to get their Daily Hashtag challenge done with, #WCS180 and hiking the rail gardens. As they salted the Big Jump, the skiers continued to hit Spraypaint until it got sticky. Later the Daily Offer at the Big Jump went down, leading into a killer jump sesh. This year’s jump was 85 feet, with ample air time.
In between jump sessions the boys built jibs keeping the spirits high. Spending a full day on the hill is no easy task, especially when you’re hitting something so massive as the Big Jump. When the weather started to take a turn for the worse, the sun came out for nearly 15 minutes allowing for the iconic sunset shoot to take place. The Big Jump got shut down after it was decided to be too risky. The night ended with the most ridiculous moves from Goepper and Manley- skiing down the backside of the wedge, into the sunset.
Day two started with speed. Freshly slated, the park was fast making the Spraypaint jumps hittable. The Daily Offer started off being the Spraypaint jumps at 10:00, then quickly moved to being The Big Jump at 11:30. With three hours to lap Stormin Normin before the Daily Offer, athletes were lapping the jumps and rails. Several continued to do so even when the slightly trimmed down Big Jump was opened up, offering many opportunities to get grabs for the hashtag challenge #WCSgrab
The forecast had called for rain, that came and left quickly in the afternoon. This didn’t dampen spirits, and Big Jump went off even harder. Overcast weather made for a fast jump, pushing athletes to send their best- there was even a triple backie early on. The Big Jump session went until 4:30, well past what was originally planned.
Thanks to Windell’s and Timberline for letting us use their facilities for the week.