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Weather affects World Heli Challenge

The freeride day in Wanaka, New Zealand, was cancelled as conditions were too dangerous but that didn’t stop people seeing some pretty good riding. They had an an expression day in The Park with some awesome tricks.

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Although the blue sky and low winds appeared to provide the perfect conditions, the snowpack was far from ideal after a big storm.

So the organisers spoke to the athletes and all agreed it was best to move from a competition day to ‘an expression session’.

“The success of the day was due to quality decision making from the safety crew and a positive and professional response from the athletes,” said Nick Mills, head judge and technical director of the event.

“It was obviously less than ideal and potentially hazardous conditions for everyone, yet we managed to responsibly move around the mountain and have an epic day together in the hills.”

“The World Heli Challenge is all about adapting to the environment and whatever nature provides,” added the event founder, Tony Harrington.

“It was a great day, I got to hang out with good friends and people I’ve never met before, meet people from different cultures and see what everyone had under their hood,” said one of the riders.

“Everyone got together and built a number of jumps and sessioned them in the sunshine.”

Travis Rice

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We previewed the event here on PlanetSKI and the news that the US Olympic skier, Julia Mancuso, was taking part.  We have no word on whether she took part in the expression session.

When we hear we’ll let you know.

Photo c/o World Heli Challenge.

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