Friday, February 1, 2008

Champs Open by Rip Curl in Crans Montana

The 17th edition of the Champs Open, one of the biggest European freestyle events starts today February 1st with training sessions in Crans-Montana (Switzerland). The best freeskiers and snowboarders in the world compete on a new course made up of two big airs, rails, a 60 metres superpipe and a quarterpipe. The competitions will be held in the center of the resort of Crans-Montana, on the slopes of Cry d’Er, at the junction of the cable cars Cry d’Er and Signal. At the center of the course, the “Place to Ride” village will be open to everyone with food and drinks, Hot Fondues from Gruyère AOC, free snowboard tests and music from the CHAMPS Open DJs.
After the competitions, the “Place to Be” situated at the Bretelle des Charmettes, will be open from 15:00 to 19:00. This “Après-Ski” gathering will allow spectators and competitors to meet in the very center of Crans. Every day the program will be as entertaining as the competitions with live concerts and DJs. The event’s main sponsors, Rip Curl, Swatch and Gruyère will also be giving out prizes through daily contests: Hot Fondues from Gruyère, Swatch watches, liftpasses for the snowboard finals on February 8th and many more…
The Champs Open will also organize a special “80’s Deluxe” party presented by Gustav Mag, which will start at the “Place to Be” and finish at the Monk’is and Amadeus for an unforgettable disco night.
Located on a sunny plateau in the heart of the Alps in the Valais, Crans-Montana offers visitors an outstanding Alpine panorama over the most beautiful peaks in the Alps, such as the Matterhorn and Mont Blanc. Skiers and snowboarders will enjoy 140 kilometres of pistes including the mythical Plaine Morte and the National. The FIS Alpine World Ski Championships were held in Crans-Montana in 1987.

Freeski programme

Snowboard programme