Laax, December 2011 – The creative Eco Freeride Contest Kick The Vik will take place for the fifth time. In a sustainable context, a total of sixty international snowboarders, skiers and telemark skiers will spend three days together at SAC Maighels hut, two hiking hours away from the Oberalp Pass. Versatile sportsman Ueli Kestenholz has already announced his attendance at the contest. Registration starts on January 1 2012 on kickthevik.com.
Each rider is free to choose on which of the two competition mountain faces he will ride his line. Should the conditions on the two first choice mountains be to hairy, organisers have the possibility to choose from no less than four back up mountains. This system will guarantee the best snow and safest conditions for all the riders. Judging is based on Freeride World Tour terms of reference: overall impression consisting of difficulty level of chosen line and fluidity and control of the run.
Appreciating and protecting the mountains
Kick the Vik is the only event in the competition calendar where all the riders, spectators and judges must hike up to the start, either on ski or snowshoes. There are no snowmobiles, no helicopters and no lifts, even the heavy TV equipment will be carried up to the event base at the SAC Maighels hut. There will be no avalanche triggering – the competition will take place where it is naturally safe to ride. It is the organisers’ aim that the competition will not disturb the nature and peace and quiet of the Maighels valley.
Freeride World Qualifier FWQ
Freeride World Qualifier Contests are independently organised competitions that reach a certain quality level in terms of organisation, communication, competition format, competition site, security and hospitality for the riders. They use the same judging method as the Freeride World Tour.
VIKTOR is a hard core freerider and the founder of the Eco Freeride Contest Kick The Vik. He likes the simple life, is eco-oriented and loves to share his adventures with others. VIKTOR comments the various aspects of the Eco Freeride Contest Kick The Vik on the website kickthevik.com, on his Facebook profile (Viktor Kickthevik) or in the newsletters VIKTOR’s Reports. Viktor is also the event’s mascot and chief reporter.
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