Mammoth Unbound’s Main Park is serviced by Chair Six, a high-speed quad that takes only two minutes and forty seconds to ride. Just enough time to fire off a special handful of questions to the many pros — like Tom Wallisch — who are in town for the Sprint U.S. Grand Prix.
: What do you think of the slopestlye course for the Sprint U.S. Grand Prix?
Tom Wallisch: I think the course is amazing! I haven’t had a ton of time on it yet, practices have all been kind of bad due to weather, but definitely one of the best looking courses I’ve seen in a while. Its long, tons of features, 4 jumps 3 rail features, so lot of options and it looks like everyone’s gonna be able to go big and lay out some sick runs so I’m stoked on it!
: What are you doing today instead of practicing?
TW: Ya know just mentally preparing haha no, I’m just sitting around inside all day just kinda chilling out and watching some movies all day. Probably gonna sit in the hot tub, I don’t know, take life easy, take it as an off day and let the body recover— it’s been a long season— and yeah get psyched! Hopefully we’ll get some good weather this weekend.
: Glad the storm could provide you a little vacation!
: What would you say the highlight of your season has been so far?
TW: Definitely winning gold medal at the X Games. I wasn’t really expecting it, I was doing good already this season but I was feeling a little under the weather and the course was not really built for me with 4 jumps and only 2 rails. It wasn’t really my style, I usually like more rails, but I was just stoked to figure out a run and end up getting X Games gold, definitely a career highlight and something I’ve wanted since I was a kid!
: What would be your perfect slopestyle course, would you rather see it just full of rails?
TW: No, not just full of rails I mean I love jumps too! My perfect course would probably be one with 10 plus features— 5 rails and 5 jumps! Just because for me I have such a wide variety of tricks, I don’t have the crazy triple cork or single big air trick. Instead I’ve got like every trick dialed and all the smaller stuff, and I like to link up long runs.
: What’s next on the calendar after Mammoth?
TW: Taking like a week off to ski and just kinda hang with my friends and then going to Europe for European X Games and then pretty much done competing for the rest of the year. Hopefully go ski some pow where its stable and safe and have fun!
: Any street stuff planned? Or just pow?
TW: Probably some more street stuff, I’ve been doing a couple urban trips this year, I’ve gone to the best backcountry stops in the world for urban rails this year, I’ve been to AK and Japan so I think its about time I go ski some pow in those good places. But also probably do some more handrails and put together a full film segment.
: Sponsor Shoutouts
TW: Monster Energy, The North Face, Scott, GoPro, Marker, Park City, Full Tilt, Skullcandy