The big mountain showdown between Europe and the Americas is confirmed for tomorrow Saturday, January 30.
Grandvalira, Andorra – January 29, 2016 - Riders from the Old Continent and the New World have assembled to represent the best of the best in ski talent for the most anticipated and innovative event in the sport. The beautifully featured terrain of the Andorran resort of Grandvalira will be hosting the 2016 edition of event this year for the first time.
The first competition day will allow the wide variety of talent to demonstrate their finest skills on the world stage and represent their respective continents. The big mountain event will pit freeride athletes against each other on technically exciting terrain with a multitude of cliffs and engaging couloirs. Freestyle skiers will get to express their skills on in the backcountry slopestyle event where riders will throw down their biggest and best tricks on specially crafted jumps.
Each captain has meticulously selected his team’s roster of riders to ensure their continent’s best chance of winning the showdown. A total of 16 riders, eight for each continent, will compete in two different rounds to attempt to bring victory home to their continent.
Due to injuries, Captain Richard Permin (FRA) has been exchanged for compatriot and Freeride World Tour top big mountain rider Loïc Collomb-Patton (FRA). Legendary American crossover rider Sage Cattabriga-Alosa (USA) will captain his team against Collomb-Patton’s Europe. Each rider will face a competitor from the opposing team and the winner of each face-off will earn a point for their respective team. The team with the most overall points will be crowned winner.
The opening ceremony of the showdown kicked off today in the event village at 5 PM in Grandvalira where riders participated in the heat draw that determined their face-off match.