It’s March already, which means a few things. Among the important things like filling out NCAA Brackets and buying “Kiss Me I’m Irish” shirts (whether your Irish or not), March means it’s time for all of the different winter sports to crown their champions. In an Olympic year especially, the first quarter of each year is quite stacked with winter sporting events, so that’s why the Ski Channel is here to keep you up to date.
The Salomon Extreme Freeride Championships is one such event, where the best of the best come out of their mountain towns in order to show they got some “skills”. This year’s championships start today and continue till this Saturday (March 10-13) at the Taos Ski Valley resort in New Mexico. The best “Big Mountain” riders from around the world gather together so they can all take on the vaunted New Mexico steeps in order to pick up some loot. And when I say loot, I’m talkin’ about $12,000. That kind of coin goes along way when all you really need in life is a season pass and some ramen noodles.
Today’s action will be all of the on-hill riding while tomorrow’s “après ski” events will include a Red Bull Rail Jam as well as provide patrons the ability to see some of the premier big mountain skiers and snowboarders showing off their biggest tricks. This year will be the 6th annual Extreme Freeride event and it’s looking to be the biggest and most exciting one yet.
Those of you with private jets should fly over and check out Taos this afternoon. The rest of us will keep updated with the results on theskichannel.com while we eat our ramen noodles and watch some of the march madness from last year.