What happens when you combine six disciplines of skiing into one event? It’s a question that's sure to be answered on March 18th, when the inaugural Sterik’s Freeski Showdown takes place at Blue Mountain, Ontario.
The result is an ambitious event that’s set to combine racing, halfpipe, moguls, big mountain, skiercross and slopestyle on one ultimate playground of a course. From top to bottom, participants will be dealing with speed, fall-away turns, jumps, rails, transitions, rollers, quarterpipes, moguls, drops, berms, tight corners and so on as they drop into a traditional ski racing start, followed by a skiercross course, into a mogul field, a terrain park with jumps, rails and quarterpipes, and capped off with a token money booter at the bottom.
Sounds pretty rad, right? What’s even better is that there will be no winners, or losers, as in lieu of having a podium, the event will feature three categories (the MC’s Choice Awards, Battle Royals and Riders’ Choice Awards) and 40+ components competitors can be celebrated and awarded for, from the meanest twister-twister-spread, to a switch 1080, to fast and proper technical skills. All of this and more will take place over the course of two four-hour jam sessions, with prizing a plenty on hand from Line Skis, Full Tilt Boots, Arcade Belts, Apache Pine and DEFT Optics.