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 (www.worldhelichallenge.com) and vote for their favorite. Fans’ votes will determine a “People’s Choice” winner.
Competitor meeting and heli briefing (Photo Markus Eder, downdays.eu)
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)