This past week, the world’s best free riders were together in Zermatt, Switzerland for the 2014 Swatch Skiers Cup. Team Americas won over Team Europe on home grounds leading 9 to 7 after the Backcountry Slopestyle day, leaving the Big Mountain on Thursday to decide the ultimate winner. But due to high winds and warm temperatures worsening the already-thin conditions, Big Mountain was called off, giving Team Americas the victory after one day of riding.
After the teams spent the morning visually inspecting the venue and a forerunner skied the face to test the snow, Team captains Julien Regnier of France and JP Auclair of Canada held a meeting with all riders. It was decided that conditions were not safe enough to run the event due to the unpredictable snow and numerous rocks hidden dangerously below just a few centimeters below the surface. The event was called off, giving the title to Team Americas. The Team Americas victory ties the score for the history of the event, with each team claiming two wins for their side.
Though the official event was cancelled, since all the athletes were already in the starting gate each rider took a no-pressure run, putting on a once-in-a-lifetime exhibition for the gathered spectators. Sage Cattabriga-Alosa and Seth Morrison of the USA simultaneously skied a scary line down a zigzagging ramp on the largest cliff on the face. Kevin Guri of France laid down one of his signature high-speed lines,flashing down the mountain in just a few seconds. Dane Tudor of the USA found a natural air over a roll at the bottom of the face for a huge 720.