EVENT: Helly Hansen Big Mountain Battle
Skiers Drew Burgess and Brian Dye Take First at Keystone Ski Resort’s First-Ever Helly Hansen Big Mountain Battle
Ninety-four competitors showed up to compete in Helly Hansen’s Big Mountain Battle on Keystone Ski Resort’s steep terrain.
Team Sop til you Mop’s Drew Burgess and Brian Dye won the Advanced Open Class with a time of 2:17:37, winning $2,000 worth of Helly gear, prizes from sponsors Thule, Powder and Dakine and free entry to the final Battle in the Bowls in Aspen/Snowmass on March 27.
Team Cabin Fever’s Matthew Boumphrey and Rhys Williams placed second with a time of 2:19:42 while Team Monsters o’ Whoopi Christopher Hinkley and Max Stanley took third place with a time of 2:41:01.
Forty-seven teams were tracked using FLAIK GPS, a unique tracking device that provided race officials with real-time data, including ascents and descents, on each competitor.
“Keystone received 10 inches of fresh power in the 48 hours leading up to the event; six inches in the last 24 hours. The conditions were fantastic,” said Marc Campbell, the organizer behind Helly Hansen’s Big Mountain Battle. “The course was the most challenging so far this season. We sent the competitors on a one-mile hike to the top of the 12,000-plus foot high Wapiti Peak.”
The final competition, Battle in the Bowls at Aspen/Snowmass, will take place March 27. But before that final showdown can occur, the Big Mountain Battle will make stops at Revelstoke Mountain Resort, BC (Mar. 5); Stevens Pass Ski Area, WA (Mar. 12); and Smugglers’ Notch Resort, VT (Mar. 19) and Squaw Valley USA, CA (Mar. 19).
Cost for the event is $85 per team and includes two Helly Hansen LIFA® base layers valued at $45 each and two subscriptions to Powder magazine. For more info or to sign up for a Big Mountain Battle stop near you, please go to www.bigmountainbattle.com