All-star lineup expected for WSI 

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Mickael Deschaenaux – Descheneaux made history and turned heads this year when he beat out favourite Tanner Hall 2-1 in a best-of-three Big Air Final in the U.S. Open with a cab 1080 tail grab. Deschaenaux hails from Champery, Switzerland, and skis for Dynastar and Oakley.

Vinnie Dorion – Dorion is one of the top freeskiers in the world, and is credited with practically inventing the new school ski movement alongside a tight group of other Quebec skiers. He hails from St. Jerome, Quebec, is 24-years-old, and has wins both in the WSI and U.S. Freeskiing Open to his credit. He is sponsored by Salomon and Helly Hansen.

Simon Dumont – Riding for Salomon, Oakley, Giro, Sublux and ETC, Dumont was fourth in the U.S. Open Slopestyle this year, and sixth in the Superpipe. He hails from Bethel, Maine, and is one of the most consistent skiers on the tour.

Boyd Easley – Boyd is easily one of the most famous skiers in the world, landing podiums in just about every pro freeskiing competition there is over the last few years. He hails from Flint, Michigan, and this season was third in the U.S. Open Superpipe. Sponsors include Armada and Oakley.

Braden "Pep" Fujas – Pep hails from Mammoth, California, skis for K2 and Oakley, is 20-years-old, and appears to be fearless. Last year he was launching so far out of the Superpipe in the WSI that a mistake would have been dangerous. He was seventh in the U.S. Open slopestyle, and second in the X-Games slopestyle this season, and is only getting better.

Tanner Hall – Tanner has been in two Whistler competitions, the Superfly Slopestyle in 2000 and the 2002 WSI Big Air, and won both events. He was second in the Superpipe at the X-Games last year, and first in the slopestyle at the X-Games and U.S. Open. He hails from Kalispell, Montana, and at the age of 19 is without question the top freeskier in the world today. Sponsors include Armada and Oakley.

Nick Mercon – Nick, also known as Wang Chung, is 24 and skis out of Breckenridge Colorado. He is smooth, goes big, and is a threat in every contest he enters. So far this year he has finished third in the U.S. Open slopestyle and eighth in the X-Games slopestyle. He skis for K2, Smith and Rip Curl, and is known for his huge 1080s.

Mike Nick – Mike is 26, owns Silver Cartel, and lives within a stone’s throw of Stratton Mountain in Vermont. He has medals in most of the major contests, and was third in the WSI last year with a unique jump, a switch zero spin – basically you take off backwards, throw in a clean backflip and land backwards on the transition. He’s sponsored by Orage.

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