The North Face Ski Challenge 2009 Presented by Gore-Tex in GARMISCH

The North Face Ski Challenge 2009 Presented by Gore-Tex in GARMISCH

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Publiée le le 07 février 2009

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The North Face Ski Challenge Presented by Gore-Tex Hits The Zugspitze and Steals The Show in Garmisch-Partenkirchen ! Nine Young Freeskiers Qualified For Final in Val Thorens.

The North Face Ski Challenge presented by Gore-Tex made its second appearance this year on the top of Germany , on the famous Zugspitze and noticed a remarkable increase in the level of the competitors this year on the top of Germany. 41 riders gathered on Germany?s highest ski arena to compete in both freestyle and freeride for two days and in almost ideal conditions.

Romain Raisson, Event Manager: ? The park was perfect and well shaped, the temperature surprised us and with virtually no wind , the riders could throw all the jumps they had in store ! And today, for the freeride, it got a bit colder but it didn?t disturb the competition. We saw great skiing and we?re eager to see what the qualified riders will do in the finals !? And indeed, great skiing to watch was on the agenda of the week end with participants coming from Germany, Belgium, Sweden, Czech Republic, Austria and Italy !

Kings And Looking For More !

This year?s demonstration of the young skiers present at the event showed that they had trained. ? I don?t ski often in freeride? admitted Kings (16-18 years old) winner Johannes Drexl, from Germany? but now I?m going to train for the final in Val Thorens?. Second in the Kings category was Dries Lemmens from Belgium who has won the Landgraaf stage last year and participated in his third Ski Challenge event. ? It?s always good to come back and I?m so happy that I qualified again ! I can?t wait until I get to the Alps again !? he said.

Family Business

In the Teens (14-15 years of age) category, the competition was dominated by Tobias Mangold, from Germany who inspired his brother Lucas to win the Kids (12-13 years of age) category too ! ? I guess our parents now have to come with us to the final? they both commented ! They demonstrated that they not only knew their mountain but also true dedication to becoming complete overall freeskiers.

Young Talent Revealed

In the Queens category ( girls 12-18) , we discovered a true overall talent, Arianna Tricomi from Italy who skied as well in freeride as she did the first day in freestyle, demonstrating her skills in the park. She?ll definitely be one of the skiers to follow in the finals this year and aspires to get to the next level in her skiing career.

Join Now !

The North Face Ski Challenge presented by Gore-tex now heads up north to Ruka, Finland next week end (Feb 7-8) and Âre, Sweden the week after (Feb 14-15) before coming back to Chamonix on Feb 28-Mar 1 and discover Jasna, Slovakia ( March 7-8). All qualified riders will then meet in Val Thorens, France on March 27-28 to determine who?ll win the ultilmate prize: a sponsoring contract with The North Face, Dynastar and Lange and become a pro rider ! More info and applications online on

About The Competition

The Ski Challenge idea came to life when J.P. Baralo, a former freeski team manager, realized that there was no European outlet to showcase the potential of young, undiscovered freeskiers. Baralo approached The North Face, and together they created a new, unique event in which unknown kids from across Europe could demonstrate their skills and have an opportunity to make a name for themselves. The North Face Ski Challenge Tour is open to all European residents, boys and girls, aged 12-18.

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