Snake & Hammers – the second edition of the Banked Slopestyle in Nike Snowpark Montafon / Austria

Tom Copsey Tom Copsey
Benedek gets banked. Photo: Cyril Mueller
Benedek gets banked. Photo: Cyril Mueller

From March 28th to 30th 2014 the Snake & Hammers at Silvretta Montafon seeks the snowboarder with the best overall-skills for the second time. The unique snowboard contest invites amateurs to compete with local heroes, snowboard legends and current pros, who all have to master timed as well as obstacle judging on a one-of-a-kind banked slopestyle course. Although fun comes first at the end of the season even for the pros, a prize purse of $8,000 will surely attract some big names to the Nike Snowpark Montafon.

The setup planned for 2014's edition.
The setup planned for 2014′s edition.

At the end of March, Nike Snowboarding presents the banked slopestyle event Snake & Hammers for the second time. The playful course combines the characteristics of a traditional banked slalom with the features of a slopestyle event. Competitors will snake through the banks and throw down the hammers on the obstacles spread over the course, requiring speed as well as style from March 28th to 30th 2014 at this unique snowboard contest. The snowboarder with the best combination of speed and style has the chance to take home the biggest part of the $8,000 prize purse.

Jamie Nicholls gets it done on the course's kickers. Photo: Cyril Mueller
Jamie Nicholls gets it done on the course’s kickers. Photo: Cyril Mueller

But it’s not only the banked slopestyle course that makes Snake & Hammers so unique: no other contest gives amateurs the chance to start with and against local heroes, legends and current pros in such a relaxed atmosphere. Who knows, maybe a no-name will snake by one of the Nike teamrider and show him where the hammer hangs. After the successful premiere last year, the event made a name for itself throughout the snowboard scene, so that the limited starting spots are going to disappear quick. Since there won’t be a starting fee for Snake & Hammers and as all riders will get their lift tickets for free, interested riders should register online in advance: “First come, first serve!”

Kevin Backstrom snakes the jibs. Photo: Cyril Mueller
Kevin Backstrom snakes the jibs. Photo: Cyril Mueller

Registration and all further information about the contest can be found on www.nikesnakeandhammers.com. Updates und latest info about the Nike Snowpark Montafon are available at www.nikesnowparkmontafon.com.

Timetable Snake & Hammers

28 March 2014 | Training
29 March 2014 | Qualification AM Rider / Snake & Hammers Party, Mühle (Gaschurn)
30 March 2014 | Final

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