Do you love to watch the new ski movies each year, to revel in the far-off places and wild landscapes the pros get to experience? We do, but the reality is that not everyone has the opportunities to live these moments. It takes years of experience, in-depth knowledge and local expertise to make the tracks our heroes do. So we are just content with slashing a little side-country between pistes, imagining that these are pristine untracked faces. Not any longer!
Like everything we do at Downdays, we thought there was time for change. We want to live these moment, not just dream them. And we want to bring these experiences to you all, bringing the type of skiing our heros do, to ourselves. (But maybe we don’t quite pick the same lines as Cody Townsend!)
So this year, 2014, we are organising two fully guided “Downdays Freeride Missions” for you all to join; the first taking on the highest Peak of the Pyrenees, Pic Du Midi; the second in Kappl, in the heart of Austria Tirol with 4FRNT skiers Matt Sterbenz and Eric Hjorleifson.
Austria – Ride with the Pros
Over the weekend of 13th – 15th February we have 24 spots to ski with Eric and Matt in the heart of the Austria mountains, Kappl. With steeps badass enough for the FWT, to more accessible open powder fields for those first timers, this winter wildness is packed with stunning vistas in all directions. Each group of 8 will be accompanied not only by a local mountain guide, but also a seasoned pro skier. Both on hand to give you tips and tricks, this weekend will set you up with some serious knowledge to tackle the backcountry.
Thanks to the support of Arc’teryx, ABS, Ortovox and Sport Bittl, all participants will be equipped with all the latest safety equipment for the weekend and a fleet of freeride sticks from 4FRNT to try out. On top of all of this the DOwndays team will be on hand taking epic photos of you throughout the weekend, so you can revel in these moments for winters to come.
You can reserve your spot on this unique weekend for 249€ on the signup page here.
France – Freeride for FREE
On Saturday 17th January we will collect together 16 skiers to experience the decent of the tallest mountain in the Pyrenees; Pic Du Midi. With some of the greatest snowfall in Europe over the past two seasons and standing 2877m tall, this lesser known peak boasts some incredible terrain.
All accessed by a single lift, we will have local guides to show us the best stashes of powder. Smack in the middle of the largest ski resort in there Pyrenees, Grand Tourmalet, the options are wide open for all levels. From tree runs in Barèges to the sunny bowl in La Mongie we will split into two groups to get the most for everyone. More info here:
You can’t reserve this experience, you can only win your place!
Win your Downdays Freeride Mission experience:
We are all about inclusion, so we are giving away places on both Freeride Missions. The game is simple; Upload a photo of yourself freeriding; share & vote. Thats it!
You can enter through our pages, or by adding a hashtag to your photos on instagram or Facebook.
Due to the locations being so far apart we are hosting two separate competitions: