This time last week athletes from all over the world arrived at Big White Ski Resort for the first Freeride Days, an event where people come to win points that could help them move up the rankings, according to a news release from Big White Ski Resort.
This inagural event was hosted by Tom van Steenbergen and is the only FMB World Tour Gold event in North America. The event took place in Happy Valley and offered beer gardens, music, demos, food trucks and lots of excitement!
Thursday started with The Bronze Slopestyle event, one of nine in North America. The pressure was on for the riders to win points in order to move up in the rankings. To make the stakes even higher, the top five riders got to compete in Saturday’s Big White Invitational Slopestyle. Over 5000 people showed up to watch the riders vie for the gold event on Saturday and saw Swede Emil Johansson claim the top prize.
The worlds biggest women’s Slopestyle contest was held on Friday, and Canadian Stephanie Nychka topped the podium for the event. “With few bronze-level Slopestyle courses existing in the world, the female athletes had never been given a stage this large to compete on, and it brought out the best,” Big White said in a news release.
After the Slopestyle events were wrapped up, riders showed off their talents in the official Whip Off!, where American Reed Boggs took home the win!