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The North Face Freeski Open of NZ: Words From Your MC

Sam Smoothy, The North Face Freeski Open of NZ

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 North Face Freeski Open of NZ: Hank Bilous

Hank Bilous at The North Face Freeski Open NZ

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.  

The North Face Freeski Open of NZ: Big Mountain with Fraser McDougall

Fraser McDougall, The North Face Freeski Big Mountain Competition 2014

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. 

High Water and Big Lines in Norway

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. 

The North Face Freeski Open of NZ: Big Mountain Welcomes Snowboarders

Janina Kuzma, Big Mountain

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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