21 08 2010

The Volkl New Zealand Freeski Open came to a spectacular close at Treble Cone  on Thursday as The North Face Big Mountain Event was able to get underway after being on weather hold since Monday.

Kiwi  Alex Lynden and myself crowned champions of The Big Mountain Event.

New Zealand’s Mitchey Greig, also a North Face Team Rider and Skier Cross Olympian, placed second. Her strong skiing background propelling her into her second place position. A rehabing Lorraine Huber, Austria, took out third.

Alex skied a technical fall line run from top to bottom, hitting more airs than any other competitor. He received a score of 8.425. This is his eighth time competing in the NZ Freeski Open big-mountain competition but his first win.  American B Devine, a park skier who threw tricks into his big-mountain line, placed second with a score of 8.325. Kiwi skier and North Face team rider Fraser McDougall got third with a score of 7.850.

Establishing itself as the biggest event of its kind in the southern hemisphere and attracting athletes from across the globe, the Volkl NZ Freeski Open has now been officially recognized on the international freeski World Tour alongside the world’s biggest freeski events.

The North Face Big Mountain became a qualifying event for the Freeride World Tour last year and continues this year as a three star event on the tour.

The terrain in the Motatapu Chutes offered riders a huge variety of line choices with some of the steepest and most challenging terrain in the backcountry of Treble Cone ski area.

Women's Podium

Getting it done

Mens Podium




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