Nissan Freeride de Tignes
8-13 March 08, Tignes, France
The fourth contest of the Freeride World Tour will take place at one of the worlds biggest ski domains; the Espace Killy
The fourth contest of the Freeride World Tour will take place at one of the world’s biggest ski
domains; “Espace Killy” – including Tignes and its surroundings. This vast area is one of the
greatest freeriding domains to be found. The contest will be held at the Grande Balme
legendary slopes. A number of freeride contests have already been seen on this thrilling
mountain, a favourite spot for the local professionals, like freeride hero Guerlain Chicherit, 4-
time freeride skiing world champion.
The Grande Balme is a 45 minute hike from the cable car and you will have a challenging 500
metres, 45 degrees slope below your feet. The face is located right in the middle of the Tignes
domain and very accessible for the public. One chair lift ride from the village Val Claret and you
have the massive face just in front of you. In 2007 around 5000-6000 spectators saw the
freeride contest of Tignes from the foot of the face.
Dino Raffaud, organiser of the Nissan Freeride de Tignes, is an experienced organiser of various
extreme sport events including a number of freeride contests in the Alps. He is also a re-known
journalist and extreme sports filmmaker with films like Trip Box with Enak Cavaggio.
The contest will be transmitted live on www.freerideworldtour.com and www.freecaster.com as
well as on TSR, the national Swiss TV station.
• Saturday 8 March: Mountain Inspection (binoculars). Riders meeting and bib
draw. Event Opening.
• Sunday 9 March: Mountain Inspection (binoculars). Contest day 10.00-13.30.
Prize giving ceremony. Air Show. Village events in Val Claret.
• Monday 10 March – Thursday 13 March: Reserve days. Same programme as
Riders: 44 in total:
• 16 male skiers respectively snowboarders:
- 14 of the best ranked riders of each discipline after the three previous contests of
the Freeride World Tour: Nissan Mammoth Challenge, Nissan Russian Adventure,
and Swatch O’Neill Big Mountain Pro.
- Two wild cards per discipline
• Six female skiers respectively snowboarders:
- Four of the best ranked riders of each discipline after the two previous contests of
the Freeride World Tour: Nissan Mammoth Challenge and Nissan Russian
- Two wild cards per discipline.
Judged runs: One run, hike access to Grande Balme 2882 m:
• Vertical drop: 500 metres
• Average steepness: 40-45 degrees
• Features: numerous lips, gulleys & jumps
• General: Freeride-Extreme
Prize money: 40 000 USD