World Heli Challenge to Rock Wanaka, New Zealand, Aug. 21 to Sept. 5

Posted By: The Ski Channel on May 27, 2009 12:06 am

Gentlemen (and gentlewomen) start your engines. The World Heli Challenge is on, and it will be one of the most radical free ride and free ski events on Earth. This time, the competition is somewhere near middle Earth, minus the rings and shires. The game is on in Wanaka, New Zealand, and 50 athletes from around the globe (18 male snowboarders, 18 male skiers (among them, American big mountain star and Aspen native, Chris Davenport), seven female boarders and seven female skiers) will rock the mountains during three days over a two-week period. Lords and ladies vie for top honors in Extreme, Free Ride and Downhill events—not to mention the coveted Overall World Heli Challenge Championship title.

“The World Heli Challenge offers athletes the best conditions in which to ultimately test their all-around ability as a snow athlete,” says event manager Tony Harrington. “The unrivalled camaraderie among athletes mixed with two weeks of continuous adrenaline activities and the incredible helicopter skills of Harvey Hutton and the Back Country Helicopter pilots make this event one of a kind.”

Check back here at the in September for results and coverage. The footage and coverage will most definitely be extreme.


photos: World Heli Challenge