Half Pipe skiing has always been viewed as the upper echelon of Freeskiing. However the level that the sport has been taken to is something that the entire industry ten years ago could have never imagined. On Friday in Aspen, Colorado at the Winter X-Games the skiing that took place between two walls of snow was nothing short of spectacular. On the same day as Racing’s Kitzbuehel Downhill the Hahnenkamm, it could be said that this was the greatest day of snow skiing ever, for someone who likes the sport of skiing.
Flying over 40 ft (12 m) above the bottom of the half pipe, athletes at this year’s Half Pipe yet again took the level of skiing to a new level. Among them was American and HEAD athlete Simon Dumont. After surgery on one wrist just a few weeks ago and another broken wrist on his other hand, Simon Dumont was skiing without poles and after literally ten months off snow due to a knee injury and still took home bronze. Simon put down some impressive scores and as the season veteran of the Half Pipe scene as well as being one of the older competitors at this year’s event, he not only showed that he is back, but that he could teach himself to do it without poles.