Big Mountain Pro 2008
24 Feb-2 Mar 08, Chamonix, France
Tour across the Vallée Blanche, Chamonix and 2 more destinations yet to be decided
The second edition of the Swatch O'Neill Big Mountain Pro will see 26 of the world's best male snowboarders and skiers coming together for a competition like no other. Free to roam the
European Alps on a search for optimum snow conditions and terrain, the event will embark on
an eight day journey to crown the best freerider including three competition days spread out
over three different mountains, starting in Chamonix, the Mecca of freeride/extreme skiing.
Together with the eight highest ranked skiers and snowboarders of the Freeride World Tour, a
world-class wildcard competitor line-up will secure an awe-inspiring second edition.
With format flexibility playing such an integral role in the success of event, the precise way in
which competitors access the designated contest areas remains undetermined. Heli access
contest days are scheduled as well as more traditional modes of access including resort lifts and hiking.
The judges will be judging one another via video feedback over three different kinds of terrain -
including steeps, cliffs and freestyle-friendly terrain.
Live transmissions of the contests will be webcasted on www.freerideworldtour.com,
www.bigmountainpro.com and www.freecaster.com.
Official event website: www.bigmountainpro.com
• Sunday 24 February: Vallée Blanche riding. Freestyle night session at
Montenvers. Riders Presentation.
• Monday 25 February: First contest run in Chamonix if conditions allow.
• Tuesday 26 February – Friday 29 February: Two more contest runs at unknown
• Saturday 1 March: Judging session by judges via video footage. Prize giving
ceremony. Location to be determined.
• Sunday 2 March: Reserve day
Riders: 26 in total:
• 13 male skiers respectively snowboarders:
- Eight of the best ranked male skiers and snowboarders after the two previous
contests of the Freeride World Tour: Nissan Mammoth Challenge and Nissan
- Five wild cards per discipline.
In addition to the male riders above there will be three female guest riders for demonstration
runs only: Snowboarders Géraldine Fasnacht (SUI) and Bibi Pekarek (AUT), and skier Laura
Bohleber (SUI). All three riders are competing in the Freeride World Tour.
Judged runs: Three runs, hike/lift/heli access to three different mountains to be defined in the
• Vertical drop: 300-500 meters
• Average steepness: 35 degrees
• Features: numerous lips, gulleys & jumps
• General: Freeride-Freestyle
Prize money: 80 000 USD: