Adopting a mobile contest format, the Swatch O'Neill Big Mountain Pro will allow competitors to showcase their extraordinary talent in the best possible snow conditions and on some of the most impressive terrain in the European Alps. With three competition days scheduled to unfold on three different mountains, organizers have now assessed current snow conditions and have identified five potential playgrounds. These include the Swiss areas of Graubünden (St Moritz/Davos) and Grand St Bernard (Verbier), Italy's Alagna (Monte Rosa), as well as Chamonix, France. The Austrian region of Arlberg completes the list of possible stop-offs on this 10-day journey for progressive and pristine powder lines. The exact locations, however, will only be confirmed 48 hours in advance.
Once competition gets underway, all invited riders and skiers will take advantage of unparalleled lift and helicopter access to explore the goods. With each of the three competition days hosted on different types of terrain - including steeps, cliffs and a more freestyle-friendly environment - competitors will judge one another via video feedback to determine who walks away with the lion's share of the € 60,000 prize purse.
Event organizer Nicolas Hale-Woods is excited about providing some of the world's most talented skiers and snowboarders with a new contest format, and added: "We're really looking forward to seeing what these guys can do in such a flexible and innovative format, and we thought it only right to broadcast the event live and semi-live on the web for everyone to witness what goes down - it promises to be the ultimate freeride event.