Alex Hall practices prior to the 2019 Winter X Games on Jan. 27, 2019 in Aspen, Colo.
Alex Hall’s star has been on the rise for several years now, and with a win in the FIS big air skiing world cup opener on Sunday the 21-year-old Utahn is showing no signs of slowing his upward trajectory.
Taking on the huge ramp in Modena, Italy, at the event that debuted last year and in which Hall placed second, his consistency and strength of skills were unsurpassed. Hall scored a 92.25 on his first jump and a 91.75 on his second, and although he didn’t have the highest-scoring run of the day — that belonged to Norway’s Birk Ruud with a 93.25 — his combined score of 184.00 landed him on the top of the leaderboard.
Ruud was second with a score of 181.75, and Switzerland’s Andri Ragettli was third with a score of 176.75.
This is Hall’s first world cup victory in big air, but it isn’t his first win of this still-new season.
Hall opened the 2019-20 season with a big air victory in August at the X Games Norway in Oslo, his first X Games win in the event.
That continued a strong run of performances that dates back to the 2018-19 season in which Hall finished second in big air in Modena, won a slopestyle world cup and an X Games Aspen gold medal in slopestyle in January, and finished fourth in big air at the world championships in February.
Hall’s X Games Norway win in big air was the first by an American since 2012. It also bodes well for the 2018 Olympian and 2016 Youth Olympian as he looks to return to the Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022, when big air skiing will make its Olympic debut.
The next two events on the world cup bit air schedule are in China on Dec. 12-14 and then Atlanta on Dec. 19-21, a competition that will take place at SunTrust Park, home of the Atlanta Braves.