In the duel of the continents, Julien Regnier is captain of Team Europe and Seth Morrison captain of Team Americas. The two captains select the seven best riders from each region. These compete in man-against-man duels during the two days of competition.The fifth edition of the Swatch Skiers Cup will be marked by the loss of one of skiings most remarkable and truly inspirational human beings, JP Auclair (CAN), former captain of Team Americas who won the competition last winter. JP was a pioneer for putting the “free” back into freestyle and freeskiing. He passed away in an avalanche accident late September together with fellow freeskier Andreas Fransson, in Patagonia. In honor of his person and role in creating a whole new era of skiing at the entrance to this millennium, this edition of the Skiers Cup will be dedicated in memoriam of JP Auclair.
In this unique freeskiing event, seven of the best riders from each region are selected by a team captain. In a face off in match play format during two days of competition, the teams will compete in both Big Mountain (freeride) and Backcountry Slopestyle (freestyle). Once again, Zermatt will be hosting the event, guaranteeing outstanding terrain in a spectacular setting in front of the almighty Matterhorn. The Backcountry Slopestyle competition and special entertainment in the village are all accessible to the public which adds to the very special atmosphere of this event.
Julien Regnier will return to his role as captain for Team Europe. With an international career that started in 1998 when he qualified for the French Olympic Team in mogul skiing at the age of 18, Julien has ever since continued to evolve in the skiing world. He is considered a visionary rebel, a trendsetter and a strong asset in the evolution of freeskiing and ski equipment.
Julien is dedicating this competition to his friend JP by reminding us what he stood for and what skiing is all about: "We will make this edition unforgettable. I want to see smiles and epic skiing - that's what the Skier's Cup is about. It will be my way to ride one last time with JP".
Beginning his ski career about a decade earlier than his European counter part, captain of Team Americas 2015, Seth Morrison is the evergreen of skiing. Starring in so many movies that it could make any Hollywood star jealous, he has been generously sharing his ski passion with the world for 25 years. As to his motivation for being the new team captain, Seth also keeps JP Auclair in mind and heart: "I accepted this title in regret, only hoping to make JP proud".
It will be exciting what teams the two captains can manage to bring together to settle the current even score of 2-2 after the first four editions. The full teams for the fifth edition of the Swatch Skiers Cup will be announced in the beginning of December.