2017 Scandinavian Big Mountains Champs Just Went Down
It’s May but the mountains in our home hood of Whistler are still caked with white. Meanwhile, skiers are still hitting big mountain comps in Sweden. This week’s final battle for the Scandinavian Big Mountain Championship titles took place on the north face of Nordalsfjäll, known as “Insteget”, due to difficult snow conditions at Nordalsbranten. The judges, the crowd on site and thousands of online viewers, got to see some amazing freeride performances.
Kristofer Turdell is the 2017 Scandinavian Champion in men’s alpine. Kristofer, who was in the lead after two runs, ticked all the right boxes for a top score in his last run, giving him the overall title. This was Turdells fourth victory in Riksgränsen. Carl Regnér, who won in 2016 and recently qualified for the 2018 Freeride World Tour, came in second place. Nisse Wersén, a young and promising mogul skier, came in third place, showing that big mountain skiing might be an optional career.
In the women’s alpine class, first and second place were tied in score, but separated due to highest individual score in the competition. Norwegian Hedvig Wessel, is not only an Olympic freestyle skier, she is also the first Norwegian in 17 years to become the Scandinavian Big Mountain Champion. In equal score as Wessel, the champion from last year, Filippa Ring, came in second place. Moa Wärvik, 19 years of age, entered her first big mountain competition and came third!
In the telemark category (which is apparently still a sport in Scandinavia), Erik Nordin was untouchable. He was in superior lead already after two runs and on the last day he delivered another high speed run including a huge big flip in perfect control.
After three days of solid riding, the champion in men’s snowboard is Joel Burman. The champion in women’s snowboard is Norwegian Siri Solstad who pulled of the best snowboard run of the competition in the finals.