Helly Hansen’s Big Mountain Battle series at Taos Ski Valley

Posted By: The Ski Channel on January 26, 2010 8:37 am

Taos is getting set to be the first stop on Helly Hansen’s popular Big Mountain Battle series. The Taos race will take place Feb. 6, before the tour continues at various stops around the country. This is the first year Taos Ski Valley will be included in the celebrated event.
The Big Mountain Battle races challenge two-person teams to intense, three-hour long big mountain courses. At Taos Ski Valley’s race skiers and snowboarders will trek all over the famed mountain resort, hiking up challenging climbs and searching for hidden checkpoints in the woods. First place finishers will win an all-expenses paid trip to Aspen/Snowmass where they’ll represent their Taos Ski Valley in the final Battle in the Bowls on Mar. 28.
The top three teams will be awarded prizes from Helly Hansen, Thule, Powder, Dakine, GoPro Cameras and Smith Optics. Competitors can also win other categories, including Fastest Hike, Most Vertical, Most Runs and Most Lift Rides.
“Last year’s Big Mountain Battle Series was a huge success,” said Marshall Rutman, Helly Hansen’s North American Marketing Manager. “It’s a truly unique event that will challenge skiers and snowboarders of all levels. I’m excited to have Taos added to the schedule and look forward to even further expansion in 2011.”
Following the Feb. 6 race at Taos Ski Valley, the tour will continue across the continent:
-Fernie, BC on Feb. 13
-Squaw Valley, CA on Feb. 20
-Sun Peaks, BC on Feb. 27
-Stevens Pass, WA on Mar. 13
-Smugglers’ Notch, VT on Mar. 20.
-Aspen/Snowmass, CO Final Battle in the Bowls on Mar. 28
“Taos Ski Valley’s terrain lends itself perfectly to this event. From our famed 12,000+ foot Kachina Peak to our groomed cruiser runs, Taos Ski Valley has the range necessary to make our segment of the Helly Hansen series exciting ,” said Alejandro Blake, Taos Ski Valley Event Coordinator. “We expect a great turn out from our devoted skier and rider regulars.”
Cost for the event is $75 per team and includes two Helly Hansen LIFA® base layers valued at $45 each.

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