That’s it that’s all. The Black Diamond Big Mountain CHILL Series is done and dusted for another year and the conditions today were simply amazing. Sure the snow could have been better but there were pockets of cold dry boot deep snow and thaw-freeze patches to contend with. Fortunately many of the powder pockets were at the bottom of big cliffs so you had to go big! Head Judge Ross Mackay was impressed with 'the athletes’ innovative lines and performance given some trialing conditions’ which made for an ‘extremely hard competition to judge.’
Mikaela Hollsten continued her good form and took out the women’s snowboard division on the day and overall. Tess Carney went for broke and unfortunately fell on her first air. The male snowboard saw some aggressive riding none more so than Justin Bobb with an all or nothing approach. If it weren’t for washing out on a landing, his run, including two 360’s and a backflip, would have placed highly. Honours on day two and over all went to Colin Boyd whose ‘very creative line filled with lots of tricks and air’ found favour with the judges.
Overnight leader in the women’s ski division, Anna Smoothy, had another strong day but a simply epic run from Canadian Marian Krogh saw her take the win and overall title on points differential. The men’s div saw no shortage of amazing skiing and huge airs, some a little more successful than others. Stand out runs on the day went to Sam Lee, Nick Pascoe and Jamesa Hampton who all sent solid airs with bomber landings!
Cam McDermid continued his good form and was once again back on the CHILL Series podium. Jeremy hunt had another solid run but Sam ‘Ibex’ Lee crushed it and took out top spot on the podium, much to the crowd’s delight.
Photo: Mark Bridgwater
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