The first day of the World Heli Challenge is scheduled to happen tomorrow on Mt. Albert near Wanaka, New Zealand. One of the biggest weather systems of the decade for New Zealand just passed through the past two days. The snow level was unfortunately just above the base areas of the nearby ski areas, but the competition venues should be high enough to have received snow.
With snowboarders like Travis Rice, defending champ Andy Finch, NZ's Quentin Robbins, and skiers like Sam Smoothy, defending champ Ted Davenport, Chris Booth, and Squaw's own Mat Jackson, it should be an exciting competition.
Tomorrow's discipline has yet to be announced due to snow safety, but so far there has been mention of either the freestyle day or an un-judged exhibition day, where the competitors build and hit a jump for the cameras. Check out our edit from last year, and stay tuned for this year’s edit!