Arranged annually since 1992, the Scandinavian Big Mountain Championships is the world´s original big mountain competition. Hosting ski area for the event is the small resort of Riksgränsen, located above the Arctic Circle on the border between Sweden and Norway. Welcome to the 2023 edition, and the worlds original freeride competition!
After three days of competition and fantastic performances the 2023 SBMC champions are crowned!
The final day of competition in the venue Branten was delayed for one hour due to course safety measures where the face was worked on in the morning by security staff to enable the comp to be run in the wet and slushy conditions. After the delay, amazed spectators onsite and thousands of online viewers could watch the spectacular show on real time at Swedish National television’s live webcast.
In the women’s snowboard category Claudia Bings of Germany managed to maintain her lead from the first two days and is the overall winner ahead of Eva Hegnar from Norway and last year’s winner Johanna Lindqvist from Sweden in third place.
In the men’s snowboard category we saw some changes in the rankings after a great run from Lucas Muñoz De Morales Pinazo of Spain that gave him the overall victory ahead of Melker Tillhagen from Sweden and Lorenz Noichl of Austria.
The Women’s alpine category was dominated by the newly crowned Freeride World Tour champion Justine Dufour-Lapointe from Canada and Piper Kunst from USA. Piper had a 0.5 point lead before the final day but after a fast and super solid run with 2 big airs Justine managed to pass Piper and become this year’s Alpine champion ahead of Piper Kunst and Lovisa Rosengren in third place.
The situation was similar in the men’s alpine category where Max Palm and Kristofer Turdell battled for first place in a competition where we got to see loads of new takes on the very steep Branten run. Both top riders managed to defend their positions. Max took first after three fantastic runs in the challenging terrain and Kristofer second in his always technically perfect style. In third place we have Edvin Olsson who skied the best run of the day stomping a perfect 360 on the highest possible takeoff.
Stay tuned for the SBMC finals on Wednesday May 10 at the north face of Nordalsfjäll, when the 2023 Scandinavian Big Mountain Champions will be crowned. The finals will be live broadcasted on the web by national Swedish television.
After two days of riding, freeride world tour skiers Max Palm and Kristofer Turdell are first and second in men’s ski followed by Edvin Olsson.
The freeride world champion in women ski, Justine Dufour-Lapointe from Canada, won todays run in Ravinen and managed to come closer to the leader from the first day, Piper Kunst, USA. Lovisa Rosengren is ranked third.
Lorenz Noichl from Austria is in the lead in men’s snowboard ahead of Melker Tillhagen and Joosef Kuoppala, Finland.Claudia Bings from Germany stood out in the girls snowboard both in the qualification run and in todays final run. She is ahead of Astrid Karolina Paulsson and Eva Hegnar, Norway.
The finals will be live broadcasted on the web by national Swedish television, Check it out from 10.30 at www.svt.se/nyheter/lokalt/norrbotten/se-svt-s-direktsandning-fran-nm-i-extremskidakning
Check out the starting order:
183 riders from 12 countries gave their all today in difficult conditions at the north face of Nordalsfjäll at the SBMC qualifications. The champions will be decided after finals on May 9-10.
Most talked about run of the day came from Piper Kunst from Breckenridge, USA, with a full charge triple jump never seen before in Riksgränsen. Kunst is in the lead in women ski just ahead of the freeride world tour champion Justine Dufour-Lapointe from Canada.
In women snowboard, the winner of the qualification is Claudia Bings from Germany with Astrid Karolina Paulsson in second place.
The 2019 champion Max Palm is in the lead ahead of Nils Wersén in men ski. In the men’s snowboard category Joosef Kuoppala from Finland is tied at first place with Melker Tillhagen.
Check out the full qualification results:
The qualification will start at 11.30.