20. Nescafe Champs Leysin

Mike Brindley Mike Brindley

 nescafe champs leysin

We start with the oldest snowboarding competition in Europe, the Nescafe Champs in Leysin, Switzerland. This 5 star TTR event started in 1992 and has been evolving ever since. With music, film screenings, graphic and urban art, it also doubles up as a snowsports festival.

This year’s comp will be the 10th to incorporate the Champs uniquely designed course – which is a bit of a throwback itself. It’s a slopestyle run with a halfpipe stuck bang in the middle, a real test for the 60-80 riders who compete, but with $50,000 up for grabs, we’d definitely give it a go.

The main event here is invitational, although for 2014 the organisers will be adding an open big air comp as well as a freestyle movie award so that the locals can get involved.

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