Words by Sam Smoothy - The North Face Freeski Open of New Zealand Big Mountain is a huge highlight of the New Zealand winter season - the biggest freeride competition in these fair isles and the launch pad for many a NZ freeriders.
The guy can ski, and the guy can talk. Check out our chat with Hank Bilous, and hear about his experiences with The North Face Freeski Open slopestyle comp, his recent stint on the Freeride Junior Tour, and what's to come at the The North Face Freeski Open Big Mountain comp next week.
With The North Face Freeski Open of New Zealand kicking off September 1st, we catch up with team skier Fraser McDougall about the comp, injury, and a wrap up on his recent northern and southern hemi seasons.
The North Face Adventure Grant recipient, Jordan Searle tours the whitewater of Norway with expedition member Ari Walker and fellow paddler Sam Grafton. Highwater, big lines and what they call some questionable decisions. Watch the vidow now.
In the eleventh year of The North Face Freeski Open of New Zealand, the Big Mountain competition will open itself to skiers and now snowboarders for the first time in this event format. The addition of snowboarders comes as a trial to gauge interest so if you’d love to see it included in future years, tell your snowboard mates and get behind it. Registration is open now.
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