Team SuperBowl Skiers Matt Gorman and Joe Agusten took first place at Taos Ski Valley’s Big Mountain Battle, winning $2,000 worth of Helly Hansen gear and free entry to the final Battle in the Bowls in Aspen/Snowmass on March 25.
The pair crossed the finish line at 1 hour 27 minutes, beating out last year’s first-place finishers Team Rammmmmppppiiiinnnnnggggg’s Michael Wagener and Keith Christian. The pair took second with a time of 1 hour 44 minutes. Leisure Tourists’ David Margarone and Arnie Arnold grabbed third place with a time of 1 hour 48 minutes.
Helly Hansen’s Big Mountain Battle is a unique event that challenges two-person teams to an exploratory big-mountain course, consisting of designated runs, lift rides, one to two hikes, and hidden checkpoints. This season, each mountain’s ski patrollers will set the course, as well as the time to beat.
All teams were tracked using FLAIK GPS, a unique tracking device that provides race officials with real-time data, including ascents and descents, on each competitor.
“Taos drew an amazing group of competitors, who fight hard for the top spot of the Big Mountain Battle, including fourth-place finisher and presidential candidate Gary Johnson.” said Marc Campbell, the organizer behind Helly Hansen’s Big Mountain Battle. “It was a gorgeous bluebird day. We can’t wait to come back again next year.”
The final competition, Battle in the Bowls at Aspen/Snowmass, will take place March 25. But before that final showdown can occur, the Big Mountain Battle will make stops at Fernie, Feb. 11; Squaw Valley, Feb. 25; Stevens Pass, Mar. 11; Killington, Mar. 17; Kicking Horse, Mar. 24; and Park City, Mar. 24.
Cost for the event is $90 per team and includes two Helly Hansen LIFA base layers valued at $45 each. For more info or to register online, please visit www.bigmountainbattle.com.