A world class competitor line-up has been confirmed for the Swatch O’Neill Big Mountain Pro. Heading up the 25 elite riders, nine of the very best skiers and snowboarders in the world have been invited to join Swatch O’Neill Big Mountain Pro. They will be joined by the top eight skiers and top eight snowboarders from the Freeride World Tour rankings.
Leaving from Chamonix on February 24th and touring the Alps in search of the best snow conditions, the Swatch O’Neill Big Mountain Pro wraps up on March 1st wherever the best snow happens to be (details of the final location – as well as the party and award ceremony – will be announced at least 24 hours prior to arrival).
Among the invited riders is snowboarder Jeremy Jones, who has just been nominated once again for the ‘Big Mountain Rider of the Year’ Award, confirming his status as one of the all time best. He will be in impressive company. Experienced freestyle rider Stefan Gimpl returns to the Big Mountain Pro for its second year, and will be joined by fellow freestyle specialists David Benedek and Frederik Kalbermatten.
They will all have their work cut out to beat last year’s winner Xavier de le Rue. The acclaimed French freerider currently sits fourth on the FWT rankings, but always promises a lot more.
The Swatch O’Neill Big Mountain Pro will kick off this year on February 24th with a freestyle session at Montenvers, at the end of La Vallee Blanche, courtesy of local shaper and snowboarder, Douds Charlet. This will all be followed by the much anticipated opening ceremony at Montenvers.
With six regional guides keeping an eye on all the best terrain and snow conditions that the Alps have to offer, the two VIP buses are ready to set off with no restrictions throughout the mountains. Helicopters and lift access will provide access to wherever conditions prove best.
For more information check out the Swatch O’Neill Big Mountain Pro 2008 site.