The first stop of the brand new The North Face Park and Pipe Open Series took place this weekend at Tahoe's Northstar Resort. The event was the last chance for select athletes to qualify for Winter X Games 15, happening later this month in Aspen, Colo.
In the superpipe finals, which took place Sunday on Northstar's Pipeline venue, Reno local David Wise took home top honors for the men, while Canadian Dania Assaly secured the win for the women. Matt Margetts, whose score qualified him for Winter X Games 15, and Patrick Baskins came in second and third, respectively, for the men, and Keltie Hansen and Devin Logan rounded out the podium for the women.
Brother and sister Chris and Devin Logan won Saturday's slopestyle finals. Both Logans earned a qualifying spot for Winter X. In the men's slopestyle field, John Strenio, Nick Goepper, Joss Christensen and Ben Moxham rounded out the top five. In the women, Anna Segal, Maude Raymond, Jessica Warll and Dania Assaly came in second through fifth, respectively.
In the slopestyle finals, Chris Logan broke a ski in practice and had to borrow his sister Devin's skis for the finals. "We've been competing together since we were young, and have always dreamed of winning a competition together," said Devin Logan, a 17-year-old from West Dover, Vermont. "Seeing Chris win was awesome for me, and hearing our family's reaction on the phone put it over the top."
With a two-run, best run score format, Chris Logan crashed in the quarter pipe during his first run, but dominated on his second run with a 95.40 and tricks including a blind-side switch-up on the rail, 450 on to 450 off the flat rail, switch right 10 to a switch left 1260 to a 7 on the quarter pipe. Devin Logan landed both of her final runs, with scores of 80.5 and 88. Her run included a switch on front on flat down, a front 270 out of up box, a switch 5 to cork 7 to a 540 on the quarter pipe.
"It was really cool to have the combination of first time competitors alongside X Games athletes, and impressive to see the majority of the top 10 coming from the East Coast," said North Face athlete Nick Martini, who placed eighth in slopestyle.
This is the first stop of The North Face Park and Pipe Open Series. The second and final stop will be at Waterville Valley, New Hampshire, Feb 17-20. Check out videos of the winning runs from this weekend here.