Known for its steep and challenging terrain, Craigieburn Valley has been chosen to host this event. Competitors will get two runs to showcase their skills and points are given for their ability to ski difficult fall lines while maintaining control, fluidity and style throughout their run.
This a popular event and registrations are filling up quickly. Last year 43 keen junior riders from Golden Bay, Canterbury and the Southern Lakes competed in the event. This year Smith Optics will be sponsoring the event so there are plenty of prizes up for grabs. Registration information can be found at www.chillout.co.nz.
“The competition gives our youth some really valuable experience in Big Mountain competition, and acts as a stepping stone to bigger events like the K2 Big Mountain CHILL Series” explains Stuart Waddel, owner of CHILL. Athletes and their families are encouraged to stay up on the mountain and enjoy a complete Big Mountain club-field experience.
The lodge, nestled amongst alpine beech forest, is super cosy with all the mod-cons and the chef cooks great meal so everyone will be well looked after.
Entry is open to ages 10 – 17 years, with all competitors requiring supervision. The schedule for the weekend is arrival on Friday, and a chance for participants to ski for the day and inspect the terrain. Saturday is competition day with Sunday acting as a weather day or another ski day. For those new to Big Mountain skiing and snowboarding CHILL are running a Camp and Comp at Broken River 9-10 August. This weekend is a great way to introduce young talent to the sport, and get some training and prep for the Craigieburn event.