"It's where snowboarding is going next," Pells said.
Plus, it's a second event for snowboarding's biggest star, Shaun White, who won gold in the 2006 and 2010 Winter Olympics and became the first man to score a perfect 100 in the event at the 2012 Winter X Games.
"Every time you see me in the Olympics, it's been in the half-pipe, but the new event is called slopestyle," White said on the TODAY show. "It's basically a series of jumps in one run and some rail features you slide on, and you make your way down and you basically do as many tricks as you can on those jumps."
The inclusion of pro athletes, starting in the '80s, has provided huge financial benefits to the Olympics, because athletes are required to sign over the rights to their name and image during the games.
"To get an athlete like Shaun White is a major boon for the organizers," Forsyth said.