Skiers, boarders crowd Winter X cross course |

Skiers, boarders crowd Winter X cross course

ASPEN – The cross course at the Winter X Games in Aspen was in full use Friday with the boarder and skiers qualifying down the 4,000-foot venue.

Vail skier Chris Del Bosco, who won the skiercross World Cup stop last week in France, seems to be healed from knee surgery in May and put down the fastest run of the day, finishing in 1 minute, 22.523 seconds. Aspen’s Casey Puckett was second at 1:24.481.

“I feel really good. The course is great, and it suits me really well with big jumps and lots of stuff going on,” Del Bosco said. “It’s a little bigger than last year, and the finish jump is huge.”

The course, which is 300 feet shorter than last year, has a different start that won’t necessarily favor the one who gets the best shot out of the gate. The finishing jump is a 90-foot gap, and the landing is steep: 34 degrees.

Seth Wescott had the fastest time among the boarders, 1:29.209. Five- time X Games boardercross champion Nate Holland qualified ninth. Lindsey Jacobellis was well ahead in the women’s boardercross qualifying (1:35.061), and Kelsey Serwa of British Columbia was the top female skier (1:31.293).

Finals are Saturday for the boarders (men at noon, women at 2 p.m.) and Sunday for the skiers (11:15 a.m.).

Scotty Lago, coming off a crash two weeks ago that required his jaw be wired shut, won the new best method event. He then competed in the big air and crashed doing the same trick that broke his jaw.

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