Tristan Feinberg, Eric Willett win KickAspen Big Air contests
- Tristan Feinberg
- Kai Morris
- Luke Sappington
- Eric Willett
- Robert Pettit
- Eric Beauchemin
Tristan Feinberg wasn’t going to mention it at the time, but he felt pretty sure he had won. After landing a double cork 1260 with a mute grab on his first of three runs, it was smooth sailing after that.
“I didn’t want to say it, but I did feel like I had it,” Feinberg said. “I’ve been wanting to win this event ever since I’ve been watching it because it’s in front of the home team. So I’m super excited.”
Feinberg, 15, took home the win on Friday night in the annual KickAspen Big Air contest at the base of Aspen Mountain. The event brought in some impressively large names, many of them Roaring Fork Valley locals like Feinberg, where they fought for a piece of the $5,000 purse.
While Feinberg represented the skiers, Breckenridge’s Eric Willett, who is an X Games Aspen silver medalist in slopestyle, stood atop the snowboard podium. A veteran in the sport, Willett was happy to get back to a place that helped start his career.
“This was actually almost one of the first events I had ever done, like way back in the day, and I won it,” Willett said. “It’s a friendly competition. There is some pressure, but it’s fun.”
Willett didn’t land his first run, but stomped his second. He went to his go-to trick, a switch backside 1260, and that was enough to hold off local rider Robert “Bobo” Pettit, who was second, and Michigan’s Eric Beauchemin.
“It’s kind of one of those tricks I’ve had for a long time,” Willett said. “I love doing these local events because I get to shred with some of my buddies and the hometown crowd is awesome.”
Feinberg held off another rising local star in Kai Morris — Friday was his 15th birthday — and third-place finisher Luke Sappington. Sappington, another local skier, provided one of the top highlights by landing a triple backflip on his run.
“I thought that was mental,” Feinberg said of Sappington’s run. “It was so sick to watch.”
Friday’s big air contest was part of the annual Bud Light Spring Jam, put on by Aspen Skiing Co. There still is one more contest to be had in Sunday’s snowboard banked slalom, held at Snowmass Ski Area.