World Heli Challenge 2011

An elite backcountry event with 60 of the world’s best skiers and snowboarders, by invitation only. No spectators.

Two days of competition – a freestyle/freeride day and an extreme day- combined for a total score.

New judging format: Two cameramen will film each run. Two on-site judges and a panel of remote judges from around the world will each evaluate the footage and score the runs. Style and overall impression is everything.

Fans can view the runs on-line (  and vote for their favorite.  Fans’ votes will determine a “People’s Choice” winner.

A cool view of Mt Albert and the Mt Aspiring National Park

Competitor meeting and heli briefing                           (Photo Markus Eder,

Freeride Day went off  in bluebird conditions and the most snow in a decade.

Freestyle day in backcountry at Minaret Station on July 31, 2011 in Wanaka, New Zealand. (July 30, 2011 – Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images AsiaPac)

A view of Lake Wanaka and the finish line backcountry at Minaret Station.  Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images AsiaPac