I know I say this every year, but the Big Mountain Battle is my favorite event. Seriously. No questions asked, hands down, this one is the best. This year, it lands on Saturday, February 22. Registration is open!
For those of you who don't know, the Big Mountain Battle is an on-mountain scavenger hunt for all ages and on-snow disciplines. We've got three different divisions to pick from: 12 years old and younger, Intermediate and Advanced. Your division determines your course and checkpoints in your on-mountain hunt. Here's the fun part: the course is completely up to you and your partner. We give you the checkpoints and a Flaik GPS device, and you plan your route from there to see if you're the smartest planner or know the mountain the best out of everyone else competing. Everyone starts at the same time at the Loran Larsen Park (accessed from the summit- Bonanza Lift will get you there).
This event is exactly what I need when my mid-season slump hits. I've been skiing all season, hitting my favorite spots, and I'm ready for a challenge. This event forces you to look at the mountain in a completely new way: can I get to this checkpoint from this one? Will that lift get me to that checkpoint? You get the idea. It's awesome. If my enthusiasm isn't coming through here, check out the video explaining the race below, with our course champion and ski patroller Tim.
One more little bit of enticement for you snowboarders out there who complain that it's impossible to beat skiers: we've got a snowboard division for you. Compete against other snowboarders and earn the title of being the smartest, most knowledgeable pair of riders out there.
Still not convinced? We're going to have an opportunity drawing with buckets of swag during the awards party after the race, along with two season passes for PCMR during the 2014-15 season that are up for grabs. You're welcome.
Originally from the Pocono’s of Pennsylvania, Travis found his way to Park City three years ago and is now our grooming manager. When not in snowcat you can find him skiing or snowmobiling in the Utah backcountry or enjoying the skiing here at Park City Mountain Resort.
Nicole Roundy is a world class snowboarder on the US Paralympic Team. She is a cancer survivor, inspiration seeker, crossfit training, Park City riding superpower blogger. Follow her adventures right here. You can also spy her on twitter (@nicoleroundy) and Instragram (@nroundy)