This inspired challenge for skiers aged 12 to 18 years (in 2008) and who live in Europe has been developed and created by ‘The North Face’ and judges young European skiers in both freeride and freestyle.
Freeride will be judged to demonstrate the individual’s technique, control, lines and general abilities.
Freestyle will be examined on the individual’s style, creativity, landing; difficulty and amplitude will also be rewarded.
There will be 5 qualifying events and the final in 2009 open to four categories:
- 12-13 year olds
- 14-15 year olds
- 16-18 year olds
- overall girls category
Each qualifying event will examine a maximum of 75 competitors with 60 competitors being selected for the final event in Val Thorens, France. An additional 10 competitors will be invited to Val Thorens at the discretion of the organisers. The top two skiers in the 16-18 year category at Val Thoens will be offered a sponsors contract by The North Face, Dynastar and Lange.
The dates of the qualifying events for the 2009 North Face Challenge are:
- January 31st – February 1st 2009 – Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany
- February 7th – 8th 2009 – Ruka, Finland
- February 14th – 15th 2009 – Are, Sweden
- February 28th – March 1st 2009 – Chamonix, France
- March 27th – 29th – Val Thorens, France
Registration for the events which are now open can be found on the following website http://www2.thenorthface.com/skichallenge/
Below you can watch a video from jpbaralo of the final day of the 2008 event: a great event guys so don’t delay – get registered!