It’s that time of year again… the World Heli Challenge Big Air event held annually in New Zealand, and the competition got off with a bang… This year the scheduled dates are 30th July – 8th August.
Cam McDirmid (Wanaka) and snowboarder Dave Schmit-Rodriguez (Canada) won the final two spots for the World Heli Challenge on a brilliant blue skied day, on 30th July.
However, since then the snow has been dumping up in the mountains of Treble Cone and the event has been delayed until Wednesday, 4th August – hopefully.
Do you need reminding about what this event is all about (skiingbg)?
The World Heli Challenge Big Air event is a unique event in the elite world of extreme skiing and snowboarding. It brings together a handful of top athletes from around the globe to compete in helicopter accessed competition.
Fifty of the world’s top skiers and snowboarders will converge on Wanaka for eight days, including two days of helicopter-accessed competition The goal is to find out which athlete is the best “all rounder” by combining their freeride and free style skills to showcase their overall talent.
Extreme Day is scheduled for the 4th, weather permitting. Athletes will be helicoptered into the Mt Aspiring National Park for a day of steep and deep extreme action with Back Country Helicopters.
Treble Cone has built the Backcountry Air in a little utilised area at the top of the Saddle Quad. With spectacular views over Glendu Bay and Lake Wanaka the site compliments the natural freeride terrain Treble Cone is renowned for and provides a stunning venue for Big Air competitions overlooking the famous Treble Cone view. This is a photographers dream as much as it is a spectators paradise.
And the prize for the winner?
The prize is one of the most incredible snow experiences you could ever live for or hope for: a week-long heli package at Points North Heli in Cordova, Alaska courtesy of Kevin Quinn. The winner will be selected pretty much on a respect basis: the respect gained from the judges, the safety crew, the heli loaders, the pilots and his and her peers competing. Now that’s fair… and have a look at this video to see what the lucky winner is in store for, with thanks to pnhalaska for screening it.
Good luck to all…