Weather made an impact on the 2017 event, with snow throughout the week and high winds canceling the men’s halfpipe qualifiers on Saturday. The full field of 29 men took two runs in the final on Sunday. The women were able to get their qualifiers off on Wednesday, but three of the six women were unable to stay for the final, including Americans Chloe Kim, of Torrance, CA, and Arielle Gold, of Steamboat Springs, CO, which was rescheduled from Saturday to Sunday. Another Sierra storm descended upon the riders as they competed in the final on Sunday, with conditions deteriorating throughout the event.
It was a big win for both Clark and White, who are the two most dominant halfpipe riders in snowboarding history, but had not seen the podium yet this season.
It was also a huge result for Wachendorfer, who scored his first major podium after finding success on the Toyota US Revolution Tour. He’s also the reigning USASA national halfpipe champion.