Last season’s double crystal globe winner in slopestyle and Freeski overall, Tess Ledeux proved again that she’s perhaps the best big-moment freeskier in the game on the women’s side, dropping in for her second attempt of the evening and stomping a huge left double cork 1260 mute in front of the thousands-strong Chur crowd for a score of 95.25 and top spot.
“I’m so happy to be back on top of the podium,” Tess Ledeux said of her victory, which was the eighth World Cup win of her career but her first in big air. “The level of the women has gone up a lot, so it’s nice to see this level of skiing. This gives me more confidence, to win the first World Cup of the season, but we’ll see how it goes from here. This one is for my dad.”
Tess Ledeux’s second jump knocked Swiss fan-favorite Sarah Hoefflin off of the top spot, where she had been sitting after stomping a switch right dub 1080 mute that earned her a score of 93.25. Sarah Hoefflin would finish in second place for her 11th career World Cup podium and the lone top-3 result of the evening for the host squad.
“This is such a cool event,” said Sarah Hoefflin from the finish area, “To be here in Switzerland on home turf in front of so many people, it means so much for me to be able to show the sport to people like this.
“When I landed my second hit it was just like, wow, I can’t even explain how happy I was. I’m so proud to ski with these awesome girls and to see the level we saw today. We’re really showing the world that we can really push ourselves. There’s so much more to come.”
Third place, meanwhile, went to Canada’s Elena Gaskell, whose switch left bio 1080 mute got her a score of 91.00 for the fourth World Cup podium of her career.