For those of you whose competitive juices have been set to overflow by the nightly Olympics events, The North Face Ski Challenge will be in Chamonix with a qualifying stage. The TNF Ski Challenge is a freeride qualifying tour for rippers born between 1989 and 1997. Contestants compete in big mountain freeride, park and pipe. (Halfpipe?! In Chamonix???). Qualifiers will compete in the finals in Val Thorens on March 26-28 where a grand prize sponsorship scholarship will be awarded to the best of the best by The North Face and Atomic.
Qualifying events are free to enter and prospective competitors should go to http://www.thenorthfaceskichallenge.com to download the application. Competitors will need to have their parents or coach sign the form and bring it to the event site at Grands Montets along with proof of ski insurance and their own lift pass. Each event is limited to 75 competitors so be sure to get there early.
The Flying Kilometre Ski Race
Also of note for those wishing to match their skills against the clock is the Flying Kilometre ski race being organized by the Chamonix Angels women’s hockey team (who we all know would thoroughly kick the Candian team’s booty if given the chance). The race will be held this Saturday and Sunday on the Chavanne piste at La Flégère between 10:00 and 15:00.
Entry is a mere €2, can be bought at the event and is open to all skiers and snowboarders regardless of age or choice of ski wear. Prizes include skis, ski holidays, tandem parapente jumps, restaurant vouchers and sports gear.