World Heli Challenge prepares for Freestyle Day

Posted By: The Ski Channel on August 2, 2010 2:13 pm

The Freestyle Day of the 2010 World Heli Challenge is confirmed for tomorrow at Mt Aspiring National Park near Wanaka, New Zealand, according to organizers.

The Freestyle Day of the contest challenges competitors to trick off man-made jumps, wind lips, cliffs, and other features to impress judges. Last year brought a wide array of tricks including backflips, 360s, corks, and even a double backflip attempt, so this year is sure to be even crazier.

Scores from the Freestyle Day and the Extreme Day are added together to determine the overall champion.

New Zealand just saw one of their biggest weather systems to hit the area in recent years, but it avoided pounding snow on the base of the local ski resorts. However, the helicopter-accessed World Heli Challenge venues are likely to have benefited from the storm given their elevation.

As we’ve covered before, the contest is stacked with a diverse group of skiers and riders vying to prove their worth as the best all-around athlete in their sport. Among the field, the freestyle aspect of the contest is likely to be welcomed by the likes of Travis Rice, Mike Wilson, Bernie Rosow, and others who haven’t been shy about bringing their tricks to the backcountry.

We’ll have more updates from Wanaka, so keep checking in for updates.