Friday, July 18, 2008

Saas Fee Ride 2008

Tomorrow July 19th will see the 6th edition of the Saas-Fee Ride. The competition will be held in the stunning glacial terrain park of Saas Fee, the famous car-free glacier village at the foot of the
Mischabel chain. The event took place for the first time in 2003 when Warren Smith, the event Director, established it to breach the gap between the winter seasons.
The Saas-Fee Park, at 3300 metres above sea level, is renowned for its perfectly shaped kickers, World Cup halfpipe and innovative rails. The Saas-Fee Ride 08 will showcase a perfectly built Big Air kicker for riders to session and attract top freestyle skiers from all over Europe. The Big Air might well be considered the most spectacular discipline in freestyle skiing. Competitors jump off an enormous kicker to perfom their wildest tricks in the air achieving jumps of up to 25 meters. This year edition also introduces a Rail Jam into the competition. Rails is one of the fastest growing aspects of feeride skiing today and the Saas-Fee snowpark will be hosting one of the
highest levels of performance.
The event has a great ambience with the relaxed feeling of summer skiing, DJ's on the mountain and a BBQ at the bottom of the Snowpark.
A 24 minute programme of the event will be filmed and broadcast later in the summer with YOZ on Eurosport. The programme will be distributed internationally by Quattro Media and achieve several hundred hours of TV time. This year there will also be a Web TV movie, a Podcast and a 3GP mobile phone compression of the 24 minute edit to maximise the athlete’s exposure across the globe.

Click here to see the Saas-Fee Ride 2007 TV Programme.