Winter Park Resort hosts Big Mountain Competition |

Winter Park Resort hosts Big Mountain Competition

Winter Park Competition Center athletes will compete alongside other junior freeriders in extreme terrain

Rachel Croft, Big Mountain coach at the Winter Park Competition Center, takes a line down the mountain. From March 4-5, Winter Park Resort will host the Big Mountain Competition, an International Freeskiers & Snowboarders Association event for junior athletes.
Hywel Williams/Courtesy Photo

On March 4-5, junior freeriders will compete on Winter Park Resort’s steepest, most extreme terrain during the Big Mountain Competition. The competition is hosted and judged by the International Freeskiers & Snowboarders Association.

Big mountain competitions are reserved for experienced skiers and boarders who take the skills they learned at the resort to the natural landscape. Athletes test their skill on extreme, rugged terrain. They jump mountain features, navigate chutes, steep drops and cliffs, traverse trees and more.

The next generation of extreme skiers and snowboarders will express their creativity and courage as they pick the best lines down Winter Park’s terrain.

The event will be held at The Cirque and The Chutes, Winter Park’s double-black diamond territory that offers backcountry conditions in a patrolled area. Each day will host approximately 100 athletes ages 12-18, including those from the Winter Park Competition Center.

The International Freeskiers & Snowboarders Association will judge competitors in the following categories: line choice (route down the mountain), control, fluidity, technique and style/energy.

Spectators are welcome to watch this all-day event to cheer on the athletes, but be advised the terrain is expert-only and not easily accessible for beginner skiers.

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