5 reasons you should’ve been at X Games Oslo

For those of you not fortunate enough to have been here, allow us to recap the freeski part of it.
By Kyle Meyr

The revival of the European leg of the X Games was a welcome announcement for everyone not able to make it to Aspen for the main event.

Little did we know that X Games in Oslo would be second-to-none, a landmark event combining the best of skiing, snowboarding and skateboarding in the surprisingly warm and sunny heart of Scandinavia.

If you couldn’t make it, here’s what you missed out on!

 1. Oslo

X Games 2016 location in Oslo
X Games Oslo in all its glory © Kyle Meyr

When reviving the European leg of X Games, it was hard not to see Oslo, Norway as the perfect candidate. Plenty of space, snowy trees and room for a scaffolding jump directly in the heart of town made Oslo a worthy host city.

2. The camaraderie

Spectators at X Games Oslo 2016
The crowd © Kyle Meyr

Gathering the world’s best freeskiers here in Oslo is a feat frosted with smiles and friendship. It’s not often you get to spend a week with your homies in one of the world’s most beautiful capitals, doing what you love, and we’ll be damned if we didn’t make it count!

3. The jump

Jossi Wells breaks in the big air jump in Oslo, Norway
Jossi Wells takes off over Oslo © Kyle Meyr

At 57 metres tall, the scaffolding jump for the Big Air in Oslo was one of the biggest of its kind, sending riders roughly 20 metres straight at a crowd of 15,000 spectators. Getting transitions and snow quality right at inner-city big airs is near impossible, but they nailed it!

4. The halfpipe

Halfpipe of the X Games Oslo 2016
Near-perfect pipe at Wyller © Kyle Meyr

Maintaining a perfect pipe ain’t easy. The X Games Oslo halfpipe boasts 7.5-metre walls and a private lift so the riders can get in as many laps as possible during those peak hours of soft snow, when the sun peeps out from behind the trees. Under the lights, anything goes!

5. The sunsets

Big Air jump at sunset in Oslo, 2016.
Stunning sunsets every evening © Kyle Meyr

I would love to say that the weather left us at a loss for words, but no one would shut up about it all week. Flawless skies, cloudless views and sunsets that gilded the venue each and every day were a highlight this week, second to only the riding.

Tiril Sjaastad Christiansen wins X Games Ski Big Air
Tiril Sjåstad Christiansen wins Ski Big Air © Mats Grimsæth/Red Bull Content Pool

Ski Big Air
Gold – Henrik Harlaut
Silver – Fabian Boesch
Bronze – Gus Kenworthy

Gold – Tiril Sjåstad Christiansen
Silver – Johanne Killi
Bronze – Emma Dahlström

Ski Halfpipe
Gold – Torin Yater-Wallace
Silver – Alex Ferreira
Bronze – Gus Kenworthy

Gold – Cassie Sharpe
Silver – Maddie Bowman
Bronze – Ayana Onozuka

Yuki Kadono wins X Games Snowboarding Big Air
Yuki Kadono wins gold, Billy Morgan bronze! © Mats Grimsæth/Red Bull Content Pool

Snowboard Big Air
Gold – Yuki Kadono
Silver – Max Parrot
Bronze – Billy Morgan

Gold – Cheryl Maas
Silver – Christy Prior
Bronze – Kjersti Oestgaard Buaas

Snowboard Halfpipe
Gold – Ayumu Hirano
Silver – Iouri Podladtchikov
Bronze – Chase Josey

Gold – Chloe Kim
Silver – Kelly Clark
Bronze – Arielle Gold

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