The “VnC Cocktail Downhill” caps off Extraordinary Success for the resurrection of the World Heli Challenge and Overall winners are announced!
Lake Hawea, New Zealand September 8th, 2009. The World Heli Challenge has always been heralded as one of the world’s most legendary big mountain ski and snowboard events, praised and idolized by athletes and the industry around the world for the past fifteen years. Since 2001 the event lay dormant, just waiting for the right time to relaunch on to the international event calendar. True to its colourful character, it did just this in 2009 and went beyond what thought possible.
In brilliant weather and snow conditions, the “VnC Cocktail Downhill” brought the house down in adrenaline and camaraderie amongst the athletes. Starting high on a ridgeline above the Makarora Valley, first skiers, then boarders dropped in, all racing each other head to head to the bottom finish line. There are no rules and there are no regulations. This is a form of freeriding that is part of us from a young age. Every skier or boarder has grown up racing your mates down to the bottom of the hill and this is exactly what this event is about, its just that we use helicopters to get to the top of big mountains and take it to another level.