Helly Hansen, the number one apparel choice of premium ski resorts around the world, announced today the expansion of its long-running Big Mountain Battle series to six new locations across the United States, Canada, and Norway.
With new North American stops coming to Smuggler’s Notch, VT and Mount Seymour, BC, each Big Mountain Battle challenges up to 100 two-person teams to a mountain-wide course designed by local ski patrollers for the ultimate all-mountain scavenger hunt. Teams must ski and hike to checkpoints spanning the entire mountain in less than three hours.
Simon Whitehead, sales and marketing manager for Mount Seymour Resorts, said he’s hopeful the Big Mountain Battle will allow guests and season pass holders to explore unfamiliar parts of the mountain and discover new hidden gems.
“Helly Hansen’s Big Mountain Battle is a favorite among diehard locals and families alike. The race, which is open to all skill levels, challenges skiers and snowboarders to use their insider’s knowledge to scour the mountain for checkpoints as fast as possible,” said Erik Burbank, vice president of global marketing for Helly Hansen. “Their enthusiastic support for this event is the reason why we expanded the Big Mountain Battle series in the US, Canada, and Norway with some of our outstanding resort uniform partners.”
Flaik will provide North American race officials and spectators with real-time stats, including location, speed, and altitude via each team’s GPS tracking device. Each stop’s fastest advanced team will receive $2,000 worth of Helly Hansen gear as well as entry to the final Battle in the Bowls at Aspen/Snowmass March 23.
“The Battle in The Bowls is a fantastic springtime event that highlights the iconic Highlands Bowl and the spectacular and challenging terrain of Aspen Highlands” said John Rigney, VP of Sales & Events for Aspen Skiing Company. “Of course it brings some of the best athletes to town for an unbelievable day of skiing, but it also brings out aspiring skiers who have trained all season looking to conquer the Bowl and be part of the Battle.”
But before the final showdown can occur at Aspen / Snowmass, the Big Mountain Battle will make stops at Smugglers Notch, Feb 8; Fernie, Feb 8; Taos, Feb. 15; Kicking Horse, Feb.15; Park City, Feb 22; Killington, Mar. 1; Mont-Sainte-Anne, Mar. 8; and Mt. Seymour, Mar. 15.
Helly Hansen opens its first-ever European Big Mountain Battle tour with stops at Strandafjellet, Feb 1.; Voss, Feb. 8; Myrkdalen, Feb 15; and Hafjell, Feb 22.
Cost for the event is $80 per team. For more info and to register online, please visit www.bigmountainbattle.com
About Helly Hansen
Founded in Moss, Norway, in 1877, Helly Hansen continues to protect and enable professionals making their living on oceans and mountains around the world. Their apparel, developed through a blend of Scandinavian design and insights drawn from living in some of the harshest environments on earth, helps provide the confidence professionals need to step out into the elements and complete their jobs. The company invented the first supple, waterproof fabrics more than 130 years ago, created the first fleece fabrics in the 1960s and introduced the first technical baselayers made with LIFA® Stay Dry Technology in the 1970s. Today, Helly Hansen is the official uniform partner for more than 70 ski resorts and mountain guiding operations and has outfitted more than 33,000 mountain professionals. The brand’s outerwear, baselayers, sportswear and footwear for winter, outdoor and water sports are sold in more than 40 countries. To learn more about Helly Hansen’s latest collections, visit www.hellyhansen.com.