From the 4th to the 8th of February 2009, the ski resort of Crans-Montana will welcome the world’s hottest snowboarders to the Swatch TTR 5 star slopestyle contest.
The Crans-Montana CHAMPS Open by Rip Curl is famous for it’s mythic slopestyle; a unique course over 650m long incorporating as many different types of jumps as possible. The course begins with a 25m straight jump followed by the Swatch spine which leads to the superpipe with transfer entry jumps and finally ending up with a 6m high quarter pipe at the bottom. This type of multi functional course is highly demanding and the athlete must be an all terrain machine and in excellent physical condition just to make the finals.
Even if slopestyle courses are ever evolving it is still very rare to integrate a superpipe, which is normally a discipline of its own. This course at Crans-Montana therefore represents a veritable challenge for the athletes where only the true multi talented freestylers have a chance to win. In constant evolution since more than 5 seasons under the banner of the CHAMPS Open, the competition has evolved into an mythic event for the snowboarders.
The competitions kick off with the Swatch TTR World Snowboard Tour 5 Star slopestyle from Wednesday 4th of February. Entries are limited to a maximum of 100 places but open to all. The above-mentioned places are reserved for seasoned professionals as well as amateurs and young hopefuls with an already proficient level of riding who dream of winning themselves a place in the semi-finals and finals. Lucky qualified riders will then be able to match with some of the best the riders of planet, notably the 12 invitees who slot straight into the semi-finals on Saturday the 7th of February. Next to vital points for the TTR world ranking there's a prize money of 50,000 U$ up for grabs!
Special Teams Event The CHAMPS Air Show on Sunday afternoon, 8th of February is yet again another unique and breathtaking way for the snowboarders to show off and amaze the spectators. The CHAMPS Open is the oldest, truly freestyle snow event in Europe with 18 successive editions and for sure one of the best occasions to see some the worlds best snowboarders. Don’t miss any of the action with the live webcast on champsopen.com.