HELLY HANSEN BIG MOUNTAIN BATTLE


HELLY HANSEN BRINGS THE BIG MOUNTAIN BATTLE BACK TO SQUAW VALLEY USA ON FEBRUARY 20, 2010

Teams of two skiers and riders compete for prizes and a chance to win an all-expense-paid trip to the finals in Aspen/Snowmass

[Squaw Valley USA] – Helly Hansen’s renowned all-mountain competition is returning to Squaw Valley USA this February. In its second year, this unique competition challenges teams of skiers and riders to explore their favorite resort from top to bottom for a chance to win an all-expense-paid trip to the finals in Aspen/Snowmass. The Big Mountain Battle comes to Squaw Valley USA on February 20, 2010.

The Squaw Valley USA Big Mountain Battle is one of seven tour stops. At each stop, teams of two take on courses designed by Jeff McKitrick and Helly Hansen. Teams (ski, snowboard, or mixed) must complete each of the hikes. Flaik GPS devices will track the performance of each participant.

“Last year’s Big Mountain Battle Series was a huge success” said Marshall Rutman, Helly Hansen’s North American Marketing Manager. “It’s a truly unique event that will challenge skiers and snowboarders of all levels.”

Teams can ski anywhere for extra points once they have completed the designated bowls. The top three teams to complete the hikes, course and checkpoints in the fastest times are awarded prizes. Teams can win in the following categories after completing the designated bowls: Fastest Hike, Most Vertical, Most Runs and Most Lift Rides. The team to finish with the most points wins a trip to Aspen/Snowmass to compete in the Big Mountain Battle Finals on March 28, 2010.

The Squaw Valley USA Big Mountain Battle begins at 10 am at High Camp on Saturday, February 20. The event pre-registration entry fee is $75 per team and includes two Helly Hansen LIFA base layers valued at $45 each. Online pre-registration closes Thursday, February 18 at midnight, and check-in will be from 8am to 9:30am at a location TBD. Entry is limited to the first 100 teams, and registration on the day of the event is available for $10 more per person. The awards ceremony kicks off at 1:30pm at the Chamois.

For more information and to register online visit www.bigmountainbattle.com.

The most up-to-date resort conditions, operation schedules, events and live mountain cams are available at www.squaw.com.

Site of the VIII Winter Olympic Games, Squaw Valley USA is located five miles north of Lake Tahoe along the Truckee River on Highway 89. The year-round resort offers 4,000 acres of lift served terrain including half pipes and terrain parks, ice-skating, snowtubing, indoor rock climbing, an Olympic Winter Games Museum, shopping, dining and more. For more information call 530-583-6985, or visit www.squaw.com.

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