With another slew of events taking place over the course of the last week, including the Platinum-ranked Air + Style in Los Angeles, California (Big Air), the Gold-ranked Aspen/Snowmass Open in Aspen, Colorado (Halfpipe & Slopestyle) and SFR Tour in Vars, France (Slopestyle), the silver-ranked Polish Freeskiing Open at Bialka Tatrzanska, Poland (Big Air), and the Bronze-ranked NOR Freeski Cup in Oppdal, Norway (Slopestyle) and USASA Rocky Mountain Series at Steamboat Springs, Colorado (Slopestyle), it's time for another large and in charge update on the 2015 AFP World Tour Rankings.
Aspen/Snowmass Open Men's Slopestyle Podium: Tim Ryan (3rd), Willie Borm (1st), Teal Harle (2nd). Photo courtesy of U.S. Freeskiing
Let's begin with Men's Slopestyle, where there was a lot going on over the last week, beginning with the iconic Aspen/Snowmass Open on the X Games course, where amidst a respectable field, Willie Borm picked up his third victory in two weeks, which has bumped him 16 spots up into 63rd. Just behind him in second was Teal Harle, who has moved from 50th to 38th, while third and fourth place finishers Tim Ryan and Colby Stevenson have cracked the top 20 by ascending from 23rd to 16th and 22nd to 18th, respectively.
SFR Tour Men's Slopestyle Podium: Andri Ragettli (2nd), Elias Ambhul (1st), McRae Williams (3rd). Photo by Nico Schlosser / SFR Freestyle Tour
Across the pond at the other Gold-ranked event, the SFR Tour in Vars, France, Elias Ambuhl topped a deep pool of riders to remain in 17th, Andri Ragettli is up one spot into 8th after placing second, and the always consistent McRae Williams has moved into second (and is nipping on current leader Gus Kenworthy's heels) thanks to nabbing the third and final step on the podium.
At the NOR Freeski Cup, Ferdinand Dahl, Ulrik Hopp and Max Larsen placed first, second and third to get on the board in 258th, 327th and 151st respectively, while at the USASA Rocky Mountain Series, Greg Spaulding claimed victory to move into 88th, Payton McElhiney is now in 141st after scoring second, and Andre Hamm is in 71st after placing third.
Aspen/Snowmass Open Women's Slopestyle Podium: Nadia Gonzales (3rd), Dominique Ohaco (1st), Shondra Charbonneau (2nd). Photo courtesy of the Chilean Ski Federation
On the women's side of things, Dominique Ohaco topped the field at the Aspen/Snowmass Open to remain in 64th, Shondra Charbonneau stays in 8th after placing second, and Nadia Gonzales is up two spots, from 6th to 4th, after taking third.
SFR Tour Women's Slopestyle Podium: Silvia Bertagna (2nd), Kelly Sildaru (1st), Giulia Tannon (3rd). Photo by Nico Schlosser / SFR Freestyle Tour
At the SFR Tour, Kelly Sildaru continued her impressive run by claiming her fifth victory of the season, which moves into 2nd on the Women's Slopestyle Rankings, Silvia Bertagna is now in 20th after placing second, and Giulia Tannon remains in 9th after ending up in third.
At the NOR Freeski Cup, Johanne Killi is up six spots, from 20th to 14th, after scoring the win, Marina Johansen is now in 72nd thanks to her second place performance, and her sister Tora Johansen is just behind her in 77th after placing third. Meanwhile, at the USASA Rocky Mountain Series, Bridget O'Brien is up one spot into 67th after standing atop the podium, Josie Seibel took second to remain in 70th, and Katie Hitchcock stays in 57th after placing third.
Aspen/Snowmass Open Men's Halfpipe Podium: Taylor Seaton (3rd), Byron Wells (1st), Kyle Smaine (2nd). Photo courtesy of U.S. Freeskiing
In Men's Halfpipe, there's only one event to report on, the Aspen/Snowmass Open, where Byron Wells picked up the win to crack the top 10 via moving from 19th to 10th, Kyle Smaine is up one spot into 6th after placing second, and Taylor Seaton remains in 9th after taking third.
Aspen/Snowmass Open Women's Halfpipe Podium: Saori Suzuki (3rd), Annalisa Drew (1st), Jeanee Crane-Mauzy (2nd). Photo courtesy of U.S. Freeskiing
In Women's Halfpipe, Annalisa Drew scored her second victory of the season to overtake the lead on the Women's Halfpipe Rankings from Janina Kuzma, Jeanee Crane-Mauzy placed second to move from 6h to 3rd, and Saori Suzuki remains in 44th after taking third.
Air + Style Men's Big Air Podium: Vincent Gagnier (3rd), Gus Kenworthy (1st), Alex Bellemare (2nd). Photo courtesy of Air + Style
In Big Air, two exciting events went down, beginning with freeskiing's debut at the Platinum-ranked Air + Style in Los Angeles, where Gus Kenworthy emerged victorious to jump eight spots up, from 20th to 12th, Alex Bellemare has ascended five spots, from 12th to 7th, after placing second, and X Games gold medalist Vincent Gagnier rounded out the podium in third to remain in second and a mere 100 points behind current leader Jesper Tjader. Meanwhile, at the Silver-ranked Polish Freeskiing Open, Erik Lundmark picked up the win to land in 93rd, Pontus Nordstrom is now in 38th after placing second, and Polish freeskiing stalwart Szczepan Karpiel is in 101st after scoring third.
On the Men's Overall Rankings, Gus Kenworthy's victory at Air + Style has allowed him to extend his lead over Simon d'Artois, who remains in second, while Jossi and Byron Wells have made massive leaps, with Jossi moving from 23rd to 3rd after finishing 4th at Air + Style, and Byron jumping from 19th to 4th after his halfpipe win at the Aspen/Snowmass Open.
On the women's side of things, Jamie Crane-Mauzy, Cassie Sharpe and Kelly Sildaru continue to hold down the top three spots, with the only notable movements in the top 20 being Rachael Karker jumping from 24th to 12th and Paula Cooper moving from 25th to 16th after placing 6th and 7th in halfpipe at the Aspen/Snowmass Open.
That's all for now from the Association of Freeskiing Professionals, but stay tuned for another update on the AFP World Tour Rankings early next week following the third and final Platinum-ranked U.S. Grand Prix in Park City, Utah.