Two young Finns (among 62 participants from 7 nations) dominated the final under the scrutinizing eyes of our jury. One of them, AJ Kemppainen, later wrote to the organissers saying that "his life had changed." One month later he had a place on the Finnish national freestyle team, was placed second in a half pipe World Cup and was invited to the Jon Olsson Invitational in Âre, Sweden. For this coming season, AJ is invited to The Ski Tour in the US and will probably have a spot at the X Games.
It was only natural for The North Face to organise an even bigger event: The North Face Ski Challenge Tour 07-08
This season there will be one day qualifying events throughout Europe in Finland, Sweden, Germany, Holland, The UK, Austria, Switzerland, Italy and France between November 15th and February 15th. The final has moved to the end of the season: April 12th and 13th in Val Thorens which will allow a real freeride day on the first day.
This time the categories will include a female category with the winners of the 16-18 age group again wining a sponsorship contract from The North Face, Dynastar and Lange. For the other categories, there will be prizes including clothing, accessories , skis and equipment.
Application forms are downloadable from the event web site