That terrain, coupled with the snow conditions (which ranged from hard-packed wind slab to pockets of wind deposited powder), made for some challenging skiing. But the skiers and riders didn’t hold back, sending big airs to hard pack as they vied for the chance to qualify for the Freeride World Tour.
We took part of the day off from testing skis to watch the comp and to watch one of our own, Taos Ski Valley rider and Blister snowboard reviewer Justin Bobb, who finished in second.
Here are a few pictures that showcase not only the talented field, but also Craigieburn club field’s big mountain terrain.
In sum, we got to see some really strong skiing and riding, some really big terrain, a really psyched crowd, and a really great comp.
Psicobloc is genius. We talked to two of the best climbers in the world last night (including Chris Sharma) to hear more about the competition and witness some incredible 50-foot falls into the Olympic Center pool. These are photos you need to check out, even if you're not a climber.
The Salewa Mountain Trainer is a comfortable, well constructed approach shoe that falls closer a to low-cut hiker than a climbing shoe, and is ideally suited for long approaches or scrambling.
The club fields of Canterbury, New Zealand have the most distinctive ski culture we've ever seen. Here's an initial taste.