24.05.06 SBMC day 1 of 3, qualification results

Riksgränsen offered blue skies and sunny weather when the 33rd edition of the Scandinavian Big Mountain Championships took off at Nordalsfjäll. In the qualifcations (day 1 of 3) the snow conditions, icy and rock solid, invited to safe mode riding, but the audience still got to see some amazing runs. In the snowboard category Lina Kurunsaari from Finland is in the lead ahead of german rider Sadhi Sonja Vornberger. The 2022 snowboard champion August Coster is just ahead Arvid Gustafsson. Iisko Kuusisto from Finland is in the lead in the telemark category, just ahead of former champion Erik Nordin.

In the women ski category Olivia Mcneill, Canada, took a difficult steep line with two big airs that awarded her the first place in the qualifications, ahead of Maria Rydén and Tilde Gustafsson.

In the men’s ski, Edvin Olsson performed a fast and breath taking run with a huge backflip in very exposed terrain, awarding him the lead. Kristofer Turdell, in second place, took a similar line including a 360 in the upper part of the run and finishing off with a huge straight air over the rocks at Nordalssadeln. Olof Halvarsson is in third place after an impressive back flip with a similar take off  to Edvin Olsson.

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Photo; Lisa Björnström/SBMC2024

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