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Shaun White – White is just 16, and appears to be just as strong on a skateboard as he is on a snowboard. In the last few months, he won the X Games gold medal in the superpipe, and was fourth on his skateboard in the Slam City Jam. He’s also a serious contender for the X Games Global Championships title.

Snowboard Women

Gretchen Bleiler – Bleiler is an Aspen local, and won eight pro superpipe contests in a row this year, including the X Games, the Vans Triple Crown and the Super Pipe Championships, and the U.S. Grand Prix. She’s only 22, but is considered to be one of the top riders in the world.

Kelly Clark – Clark is the reigning Olympic champion, a Vans Triple Crown champion, a 2002 Grand Prix Champion, and has medals and cheques from almost every major pro snowboard event in existence. She was second in the X Games this year.

Ski Men

Tanner Hall – Tanner Hall took silver in the X Games Superpipe this year, and at 19 is widely considered to be the top freeskier in the world. He has top results in the U.S. Open, X Games, Red Bull Huckfest, World Skiing Invitational – all the events that matter on the new school circuit.

CR Johnson – Also 19, Johnson is one of the most promising skiers in the sport. He doesn’t have many superpipe results to his credit, but there’s no question that he has what it takes to win this event.

Ski Women

Kim Stacey – Stacey is a two-time Olympian in the snowboard halfpipe who has made the leap to skiing this year. She was impressive in the World Skiing Invitational, launching almost 10 feet out of the pipe, and making solid grabs and landings. She improves exponentially every event she enters.

Team South America

Snowboard Men

Franz Baehr – From Santiago, Chile, not much is known about Baehr or any of the other South American skiers or boarders. He has appeared in a handful of pro events in the U.S., and has competed in the World Cup as an American, but doesn’t have many top results.

Spiro Razis – Also from Santiago, Razis doesn’t have that many international results to his credit, but is quite well known in the southern hemisphere, and mostly for his skateboarding. In the Latin X Games, he finished third.