24/02/2007 | by Onboard
From February 26th to March 4th 2007, the Snickers Nordpark Sessions, presented by Atomic & Nike ACG, will reunite snowboarders and skiers, freestylers and freeriders at the legendary Nordpark resort high above the rooftops of Innsbruck.
Two freestyle sessions at the park and the half-pipe, plus the traditional “Check the Ripper“ contest will be part of this special happening luring riders to Europe’s snowboard and freeski capital.
From February 26th to 28th 2007, the Slopestyle Skyline Expression Session will give the Snickers Nordpark Sessions the go-ahead. A huge kicker and a quarter-pipe will be built to guarantee awesome riding and the possibility to produce outstanding footage! The most impressive rider will be elected and photographers and film-makers will be invited to cover the whole session. Their output will be shown at the After Contest Party at Jimmyz, Innsbruck’s snowboarding bar.
Two super-pipe sessions, one during the day and one at night – that’s what Hit da Pipe and the Night Pipe Session are all about. A perfectly groomed pipe, a special tent with some nice food and hookahs for “maximum relaxation” are waiting for you over March 1-2. Again, photographers and film-makers will be invited to cover the whole session, the most impressive rider will be elected and the output will be shown at the After Contest Party!
The main goal of the Nordpark Check the Ripper contest is to select the perfect all-round rider – simply the RIPPER! That’s why the course contains all kinds of rideable
terrain. The competition on March 3rd and 4th 2007 will be a single timed run through three different sections. First, the course will lead through the park where riders can earn a massive time bonus performing freestyle tricks on two different elements (corner & kicker) – depending on the difficulty and style of the trick!
The second section will flow through well shaped banks. Riders will need a lot of feeling and ride smooth to maintain the speed. Physical strength and total board control will be the main criteria for the last section of the course: a steep off-piste slope with very few gates! Due to the length of the course absolute physical fitness will be required of all the riders to prevent injury.
Last year, the new and globally unique contest format set the standard how to find the true all-round snowboarder or freeskier. At no other event, the field of participants is made up of both world-class freeriders and freestylers who equally have the chance to express their own particular strengths and style at the various sections of the course. Each competitor also has the chance to take part in the combined discipline, which not only adds to the appeal of the event but also brings
snowboarders and freeskiers closer together and generally further relaxes the atmosphere between the riders. For a complete list of results please check out: www.checktheripper.at
Located directly over Innsbruck, the Seegrube offers everything a snowboarder or freeskier could dream of: steep chutes, deep bowls, a natural freestyle playground and a funpark with a super-pipe! Check the Ripper tries to represent all these different kinds of rideable terrain in one contest.
A highly demanding single timed run will determine the perfect all-rounders in snowboarding and freeskiing. The combination of both style and speed is unique. Only those who gain time through freestyle tricks and possess extraordinary freeriding abilities stand a chance of winning. The field of participants is made up of well-known freeriders, freestylers and local rippers.
This contest format has not only proven itself successful but is continually being revised and improved by rider feedback and fresh ideas. One of the new moves will be an additional freestyle element and a slight change to the layout of the course. In addition, due to great demand, there will be more starting places allocated for
Innsbruck’s Jimmyz bar will be the party area for the whole week starting on Wednesday, February 28th 2007, with the Snickers Warm-Up Party. After the Check The Ripper contest, the legendary wild boar BBQ will be set alight at Hungerburg to the rhythm of relaxing chillout beats. The party will then move on to the Jimmyz in Innsbruck where the prize-giving will be held alongside live gigs.