Its seems like a far fetched dream to have a competition that encompasses all that makes for a perfect day of skiing in the mountains. A format that encompasses all aspects of route assessment, risk assessment, group dynamics, aesthetics, variety, technicality, vertical skied and of course finding those beautiful un tracked lines. Atomic has partnered up with Kilian Jornet and taken this bold step in creating a completely new format of skimountaineering competition that does just this. Welcome the inaugural Atomic WayMaker.With the nature of this event it is limited to 8 teams of 3 selected by the organizers to meet there criteria of having the strongest possible teams. Andrew Mcnab, Mark Smiley, and my self applied knowing that the competition was fierce for those 8 spots, we named the team United states of Canada. Having worked together in the past we knew each member was well suited for this event and we could have a competitive team however we knew it was still a long shot to get in.
|Assent up West ridge, descent down North Face.|
The jury making these calls and the ones who each team will need to impress consists of;
Heli Putz, Dachstein mountain guide, organizer and head judge of the event.
Hannes Arch, Red Bull Air Race World Champion and BASE jumper.
Beat Kammerlander, a native of the Voralberg region of Austria, alpine all-rounder and one of the world's best sports climbers.
Andreas "Ringo" Ringhofer, the most successful Austrian athlete in the Ski Mountaineering World Cup.
Matthias "Hauni" Haunholder – a member of the Atomic International Freeski Team and one of the Invited Riders at the Freeride World Tour.
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