K2 Chill Big Mountain Competition

This weekend was the annual FWQ 2 star K2 Chill Big Mountain competition at Craigieburn in Canterbury. Format was 1 run each day over 2 days, combined to make your final score. Day 1 I skied technically well but choose a pussy line and skied it like even more of a pussy to sit ninth. Day 2 snow conditions deteriorated considerably so I kept the same line, staying with what I already knew. The ice threw me slightly off my line causing quite a spectacular crash - See below.

 
 
 Cam McDermid, Tom Brownlee & Craig Murray scope theirs which would land them 3 of the top 4 spots

Cam McDermid, Tom Brownlee & Craig Murray scope theirs which would land them 3 of the top 4 spots

 Ross Nimmo with a natural mystique

Ross Nimmo with a natural mystique

 Craigieburn day lodge littered with remarkable talent

Craigieburn day lodge littered with remarkable talent

 The judges perch including Sportive’s own Simon Night whose sponsorship makes this event happen

The judges perch including Sportive’s own Simon Night whose sponsorship makes this event happen

 The venue – Middle Chutes

The venue – Middle Chutes

 One of my Queenstown shred dogs, John Howland, ripped a sick line but came unstuck and fell down some bad exposure. He is recovering in Christchurch hospital from a broken pelvis and wrist… Wishing him a speedy recovery and back on shred horse soon!

One of my Queenstown shred dogs, John Howland, ripped a sick line but came unstuck and fell down some bad exposure. He is recovering in Christchurch hospital from a broken pelvis and wrist… Wishing him a speedy recovery and back on shred horse soon!

 Johns good friend and travel buddy, Dane Weister, takes a couple wind down laps after we were first on scene to assist John and package him into the chopper.

Johns good friend and travel buddy, Dane Weister, takes a couple wind down laps after we were first on scene to assist John and package him into the chopper.

 Owen Braddock shreds down his second run

Owen Braddock shreds down his second run

 Taylor Rapley airs into a chute on her way to winning the woman’s ski category, Ross waits to drop from the ridge

Taylor Rapley airs into a chute on her way to winning the woman’s ski category, Ross waits to drop from the ridge

 Tom Brownlee and Cam Mcdermid – stoked after their runs

Tom Brownlee and Cam Mcdermid – stoked after their runs

 Tom, Jason Waters & Cam of the podium from 3rd to 1st repectively taking high fives from the rest of the top ranks of the ski men

Tom, Jason Waters & Cam of the podium from 3rd to 1st repectively taking high fives from the rest of the top ranks of the ski men

Results:

Snowboard Women:

1 - Mikaela Hollsten, FIN
2 - Tess Carney, USA
3 - Sara Hutman, FRA

Ski Woman:
1 - Taylor Rapley, NZL
2 - Elin von Friedichs, SWE
3 - Sanna Vikberg, SWE

Snowboard Men:
1 - Irian Van Helfteren, NLD
2 - Justin Bobb, USA
3 - Alexandre Alfano, FRA

Ski Men:
1 - Tom Brownlee, NZL
2 - Jason Waters, USA
3 - Cam McDermid, NZL

 Bad ass Kea (native New Zealand mountain parrot, notorious for ripping shit to bits and common at Craigieburn)

Bad ass Kea (native New Zealand mountain parrot, notorious for ripping shit to bits and common at Craigieburn)