Words: Jeff Schmuck
Following the conclusion of two of the biggest open events of the year, the Aspen/Snowmass Open in Aspen, Colorado (which consisted of both Halfpipe and Slopestyle and was a Gold ranked event), and the third stop of The North Face Park and Pipe Open Series at Stratton, Vermont (which was Slopestyle only and ranked Silver), both of which took place this past weekend, it's time for another update on the AFP World Rankings and how those events affected them…
Brian Kish (2nd), Alex Ferreira (1st), Kyle Smaine (3rd) at the Aspen/Snowmass Open. Photo by Jeremy Swanson
In Men's Halfpipe, Alex Ferreira (who has been on an absolute tear this winter) picked up the win at the Aspen/Snowmass Open, which allows him to maintain his position in 6th, while Brian Kish, who placed second, has jumped from 48th to 36th, and Kyle Smaine drops a spot to 22nd after rounding out the podium in third.
Jamie Crane-Mauzy (2nd), Cassie Sharpe (1st), Zyre Austin (3rd) at the Aspen/Snowmass Open. Photo by Jeremy Swanson
Amongst the ladies, Cassie Sharpe claiming victory has bumped her from 34th to 27th, Jamie Crane-Mauzy's second place finish helps her continue to hold down 13th, and Zyre Austin placing third bumps her from 23rd to 20th.
Ben Smith (2nd), Keegan Kilbridge (1st), Connor Kelly (3rd) at The North Face Park and Pipe Open. Photo by Corey Rondeau / thenorthfaceppos.com
In Men's Slopestyle, Matt Walker winning the Aspen/Snowmass Open helps him remain in 12th, while Evan McEachran and Chris Laker (who placed second and third respectively) both jump seven spots, from 33rd to 26th and 29th to 22nd. Meanwhile, at The North Face Park and Pipe Open, Keegan Kilbridge's victory has allowed him to jump from 224th to 199th, Ben Smith is up 20 spots, from 75th to 55th, after placing second, and Connor Kelly's third place performance has bumped him from 175th to 163rd.
Rachael Anderson (2nd), Jackie Kling (1st), Allison Perotti (3rd) at The North Face Park and Pipe Open. Photo by Corey Rondeau / thenorthfaceppos.com
On the women's front, Emma Whitman is up one spot, from 27th to 26th, after winning the Aspen/Snowmass Open, second place finisher Nikki Blackall is up two, from 16th to 14th, and Shondra Charbonneau has jumped seven sports, from 42nd to 35th, after placing third. At The North Face Park and Pipe Open, Jackie Kling's victory has allowed her to make a significant ascent up the rankings, from 70th to 46th, while Rachael Anderson is up 11 spots, from 77th to 66th, after placing second, and Allison Perotti continues to hold down the 99th position after finishing third.
Amongst the Overall Rankings, the only significant changes to report are Brian Kish jumping from 133rd to 95th and Colby Stevenson climbing two spots, from 15th to 13th, while on the ladies side of things, Cassie Sharpe has jumped 21 spots, from 78th to 57th and Jamie Crane-Mauzy continues to nip at Devin Logan's heels in second.
That's all for now from the Association of Freeskiing Professionals, but stay tuned for another update next week on how the Frostgun Invitational in Val d'Isere, France and the U.S. Revolution Tour at Mammoth Mountain, California affect the AFP World Rankings.