Today 150 riders entered the qualifications in the Scandinavian Big Mountain Championships on Nordalsfjäll at the Swedish freeride mecca of Riksgränsen. 72 riders are now qualified for the finals on Tuesday and Wednesday. Here’s what went down.
Caroline Strömberg was awarded the first place among the women with a very impressive run in icy and difficult conditions. The former champion from 2016, Evelina Nilsson was second, ahead of the defending champion, Hedvig Wessel of Norway. All three showed strong commitment and chose similar lines in the steepest and most technical part of the venue.
Hedvig Wessel, third place today, made her podium intentions clear. Photo: Erik Westberg
One of many young Swedish freeride sensations, Edvin Olsson, had something big in mind when he linked together a perfectly landed back flip with high speed turns and a huge air in the steepest part of the venue, awarding him the first place. Former world champion Reine Barkered did not disappoint. He shared the second place with Hugo Scharl, both with technical airs in the upper part and huge straight airs over the rocks in the lower part.
Eva Hegnar from Tromsö, Norway, took first place in the women’s snowboard, ahead of Julia Örtegren and Ylva Carlsson, all three managed to find beautiful lines with some soft snow. Richard Croy was awarded the first place with strong riding and clean landings, ahead of swiss Alex Rufibach who showed perfect technique and stomping skills after two big airs. Martin Wichardt was in third place.
The defending champion Erik Nordin, is in the lead ahead of finnish telemarker Leevi Keränen and Sami Ilonen.
The starting list for the SBMC 2019 Qualifications, monday may 6:
Sign up now to compete at the SBMC, may 6-8. Or come to watch the action on site when Scandinavias best freeriders battle for the championship titles. Record amounts of snow in Riksgränsen!
Meet Erik Nordin, the reigning SBMC telemark champion. This year Erik will double up and compete with both telemark and alpine gear.
Freeride world tour competitors like Reine Barkered, Kristofer Turdell and Carl Regnér have already signed up for the SBMC 2019. And the same goes for the reigning champion Hedvig Wessel and last years podium finishers Sofie Gidlund and Caroline Strömberg. The SBMC 2019 is a *** Freeride World Qualifier Event.
There are only a few vacant spots left in the men’s alpine class. Make sure to secure your spot! Please note that all riders need to reserve accomodation before april 8. Accomodation is not guaranteed after april 7. The hotel in Riksgränsen will be fully booked. Check out the SBMC 2019 video teaser!
The Peak Performance “Rookie of the year” 2018 titles goes out to the most outstanding achievement among the young and unestablished riders, women and men, in the Scandinavian Big Mountain Championships.
Saga Ahlstrand, 20 years of age. Rock hard ice in steep terrain was no problem for Saga in her first ever start in the Riksgränsen qualifications. She advanced to 5th place in the final SBMC ranking after a solid final run with lots of air time. Not bad for a rookie that normally spends her days as an alpine racer!
Saga Ahlström in the SBMC 2018 finals
Albin Holmgren, 16 years of age. Albin did his first ever start in the SBMC and made it to the finals where he delivered the sickest ever, perfectly executed, back flip in the history of the SBMC. His impressive skiing rewarded him the 9th place in the final ranking.Albin Holmgren flying over “Klumpen” in the 2018 SBMC finals
The 2018 SBMC champions were crowned in Riksgränsen, Sweden today, when Scandinavias best freeriders gave their all at the legendary north face of Nordalsfjäll.
The Regnér brothers, who where in the lead after the qualifications, did not disappoint. Carl Regner, with his signature style, playful and powerful skiing, is the 2018 SBMC champion. Olle Regnér took second place, and claimed his fourth career SBMC podium thanks to his hard-charging big mountain riding and perfectly stomped airs. David Deliv was in third place. He was awarded the highest scores in the finals, after an impressive run with high speed, and tons of air time.
Carl Regnér, the 2018 SBMC champion in men’s ski. Photo: Erik Westberg
The top scorer of the day, and second time Scandinavian Champion, was Hedvig Wessel of Norway, who pulled off an amazing run stomping the biggest airs of the day for her category. Caroline Strömberg skied fast and strong, and came in second place in the totals. Local skier Sofie Gidlund did a great final run, linking together a number of difficult features in high speed with good control, giving her the third place on the podium.
Among the women snowboarders, Claire McGregor from New Zealand, is the champion after riding convincingly both in the qualifications and the finals. Julia Örtegren came second and Amanda Matti was in third place.
Stefan Östling, took his second victory in the SBMC ahead of Erik Nylander in second place. Christoffer Grandbom received the highest score today, but not enough to reach Östling and Nylander.
Erik Nordin stood out among the telemarkers, claiming his fourth career victory in the SBMC. He is probably the worlds best freeride telemark skier right now. Arvid Bergman came in second and Torbjörn Pleym Loseth, Norway, third.