The K2 Big Mountain Competition is celebrating its 16th anniversary this year! This is the premier event on the CHILL Series calendar – a four day event at Craigieburn Valley which includes two days of Freeride competition in some of NZ’s gnarliest terrain. The event is known for its entertainment value with competitors straight-lining tight chutes, jumping enormous cliffs and pushing what’s possible (and sane) on skis and snowboard.
Each year talented athletes from New Zealand and Overseas come together to compete in the event. Past male ski competitors have included Todd Windle, Geoff Small, Sam Smoothy, Neil Williman, and Charlie Lyons. Recent Snowboarder competitors include Colin Boyd and Ruari Macfarland, both of who have competed on the Freeride World Tour 2013-14. Recent female skiers have included Lorraine Huber, Hana Fischer, Natalie Segal and Anna Smoothy.
The 2014 K2 Big Mtn CHILL Series is all about riding lots and staying on the mountain with other talented skiers and snowboarders. “We’re pleased to bring the event back to Craigieburn Valley in 2014, there is so much terrain accessible from the tows, and given good conditions competitors will come away from the CHILL Series with a kindled spirit to ride and explore more of the Craigieburn Range”, says event director Stu Waddel.
The format this year is Open to competitors’ 18years+, but in the interest of fostering the sport in New Zealand CHILL will invite 5 Juniors to compete. The schedule for the event is: Thursday, 21 August – Registration and ski day; Friday & Saturday, 22-23 August – competition days; Sunday, 24 of August – weather day or another ski day. Entries are now open online at www.chillout.co.nz. Early registration rates currently apply (thru to 7th Aug).
Entry fee and accommodation packages have been reasonably priced to encourage competitors and spectators to stay up on the mountain and enjoy a complete Big Mountain experience, at one of NZ’s coolest club fields. Staying up at Craigieburn means competitors can relax after a full-on days skiing and celebrate 16 years of the K2 Big Mountain with other Kiwi and international Big Mountain skiers and snowboarders. The lodge is super cosy, there’s a licensed bar and the chef at Craigieburn cooks up a mean feed so everyone will be well looked after.
Last year the K2 Big Mountain CHILL Series did not disappoint, with competitors waking up on the Friday morning to a fresh snow fall. The competition was action-packed with no shortage of big lines, big hucks and a great vibe, another epic K2 Big Mountain comp. Check out the official 2013 edit by Riley Bathurst below and go to www.chillout.co.nz for more details on the event and registration.
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