‘B&E Inventational’ – Les Arcs, France
According to Phil Casabon, “We made the ‘B&E Inventational’ because skiing needs a different event, a different format, which doesn’t consist of putting pressure on the skier to perform right then and there. The 2 run format has got to go. We’re trying to make it open relaxed, so it’s not a traditional competition, but more of a fun time” Judging by the droves of spectators, genuinely stoked athletes, and thousands of LIVE Stream viewers, it’s safe to say Phil and Henrik accomplished their goal.
The contest was a series of open jam-sessions for Best Trick, Best Style, Viewer’s Choice, and the Overall Winner. Athletes could drop at anytime, ski the course at their leisure, and spend entire session slots working on a single feature. At the end of the day, competitors wrote down their favorite skiers for each category – judging one another on style, tricks, and overall impression. Along with their monetary prize, each athlete received a bottle of Harlaut Champagne to celebrate their victory.
We just finished up the first edition of the B&E Inventational, 2014 Les Arcs, France. It was very very awesome. It was beyond our expectations. The course held up super well, conditions were perfect, it was sunny and slushy all day, and everyone skied super well.
- Henrik Harlaut
1st – Torin Yater-Wallace
Best Style – Phil Casabon
Best Trick – Émile Bergeron, Dub cork 7 on the hip
Viewer’s Choice – Candide Thovex
Below are some photos of the event! Enjoy
270 on the hip from Henrik
Dave Crichton is a one of the pioneers of our sport. Despite not skiing park or filming in 11 years, he came out and skied as though he never left. Nicely done DC!
Filmer Dan lining up his angle.
Filmer Daniella lining up her angle
Part of the course from above
Henrik Harlaut on the drop-in
Torin on the up-rail
5 blunt from Phil
Oscar Harlaut. Flat 3 on the hip.
Spring Break 2014. Aloha.
Gourmet burgers for lunch? Just another gem from the event staff.
Across the resort
This nervous spectator came all the way from Spain to watch Henrik ski.
Henrik’s 450 on the hip
1/5 of the crowd.
Henrik boosting on the hip
Émile Bergeron coming out of his dub cork 7
Explain your line.
That looks like so much fun. Classic entertainment in the Alps
We were all just dropping whenever we wanted. There are so many options on a course like this, it’s insane to see what people come up with. - Torin Yater-Wallace
Phil & Torin
The view from the course.
Harlaut Champagne. Prizes for the top 4 competitors.
I had a lot of fun skiing this event. Everyone skied so well and every rider deserved the prize. So many amazing skiers were here and I was stoked to be part of this. We all had such a good time. – Émile Bergeron. Winner of the “Best Trick” Competition for a dub cork 7 on the hip.
Phil Casabon claiming his prize for “Best Style.” So far, Phil as won “Best Style” at Sammy Carlson’s Invitational two years in a row, Best Style at Tanner Hall’s Invitational, as well as numerous other events in the last two years.
Insane crowd during the award ceremony.
Phil congratulating Torin on winning the 1st ever ‘B&E’ Inventational
Poppin bottles with B-Dog in celebration of his style victory.
Dude. it’s the sickest. I can’t even believe I won. I went out today, tried to ski my best, with nothing particular in mind. Skiing with all these sick people was perfect. You feed off them, start throwing new tricks, and go bigger on every hit. Most of all, I’m super fortunate just to have received an invite. It was a real last minute thing. Someone else had dropped out and I ended up getting a spot. To come out like this is the best it could have gone.” – Torin Yater-Wallace, Winner of the Inaugural ‘B&E Inventational’
Torin, Henrik, and Phil with Torin’s massive bottle of Harlaut Champagne
Oscar Harlaut enjoying the spoils of victory