Day 4: The helicopter swooped us up right on the Snowpark doorstep, about 100 yards from where we’d been sleeping less than 30 minutes earlier. We all piled in the bird, and after an amazing fifteen-minute ride we were deep in the New Zealand backcountry. Upon landing, we were greeted by Lance from SAS (Southern Alps Sleds) who had 2 Ski-Doo 800s and 1 Polaris 800 ready and waiting for us. We scoped out a few zones, and got right to work.
Team 1 started off on a large twenty-foot cliff, and everyone landed their tricks first try. Team 2 warmed up on a few cornices and rock gaps. As the day went on the teams spilt up. Team 1 built a step up jump, and Team 2 found some sick rock jibs. There was about three to four inches of fresh snow from a couple days before, and most of the zones were pretty wind blown. We did what we could with the snow conditions and it turned out to be the best day of the Hemi Challenge yet, hands down.
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About The Hemisphere Challenge:
Two hemispheres, two photographers, and six snowboarders—the numerical breakdown for the innagural Hemisphere Challenge. This will be the first contest of it’s kind taking place in New Zealand at Snowpark Resort, and the surrounding backcountry. The riders and photographers are split between two teams based on the hemispherical locations of their birth—three riders to the northern hemi, three to the southern hemi, and one photographer for each team to document the riding to the best of their ability. The Challenge is based as much on the photography as it is on the riding, and the beauty lies in the judging—this is where you come in.
Each day, the teams will jointly session one given feature—one day will be the halfpipe, one the quarterpipe, one the hip, one day the backcountry, and so on. While not on location to witness the riding first-hand, a group of photos will be submitted each day from each team, for you, the readers to judge. Along with each group of photos, a daily poll will be posted here on TWSNOW.com. Vote each day, the scores will be tallied, and in the end one Hemisphere will stand supreme. Leaving biases by the wayside, all participants of the contest—riders and photographers—will remain anonymous until the winners have been revealed.