Freeriding - Competition

Competition

As the original ethos of freeriding was to break away from (amongst other things) the restrictive confines of ski competition, it's somewhat ironic that freeride competitions are surging in popularity on the international stage. However these competitions mirror the sport itself in their random variable formats, and in the fact that usually there is no set course, and very little (if any) rules to abide by.

Freeride competitions basically involve negotiating steep natural terrain fluidly in a similar approach to slopestyle competitors in a terrain park. However unlike the freestyle discipline of slopestyle, there are no perfect man-made takeoffs or landings - each individual rider's route varies, and is personally plotted out in pre-run inspections. Constantly changing weather and snow conditions add an extra element to these events, and the unpredictably random aspect of freeride terrain contributes to a high risk of personal injury.

World Heli Challenge: From 1995-2001 New Zealand's World Heli Challenge invited the world's extreme snowboarding and skiing elite to compete head to head amidst the many peaks which form New Zealand's Mt. Cook National Park. The helicopter-accessed competition occurs over a ten day period to allow for perfect weather and snow conditions.

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