Snowboarders Derick Trottier and Gabrielle Labbe Take First at Revelstoke Big Mountain Battle
DELTA, B.C. (March 7, 2010) – Team The Bebies’ Derick Trottier and Gabrielle Labbe scored first place at Revelstoke Mountain Resort’s Big Mountain Battle, becoming the first pair of snowboarders to ever win a Big Mountain Battle.
The pair dominated over the other 78 competitors at Helly Hansen’s Big Mountain Battle on Revelstoke’s powdery slopes.
Trottier and Labbe took first place in the Advanced Open Class with a time of 2:40:48, winning $2,000 worth of Helly gear, prizes from sponsors Thule, Powder and Dakine and free entry to the final Battle in the Bowls in Aspen/Snowmass on March 27.
Young Gunz’ Dominic Unterberger and Shep Howatt placed second with a time of 2:41:32 while The Big Fatties nailed third place with a time of 2:46:04.
The 39 teams were tracked using FLAIK GPS, a unique tracking device that provides race officials with real-time data, including ascents and descents, on each competitor.
“Despite the near zero visibility, competitors’ enthusiasm remained infectious. Dozens showed up, dressed as yetis and roosters, among others, to compete on 15 fresh inches of powder,” said Marc Campbell, the organizer behind Helly Hansen’s Big Mountain Battle.
The final competition, Battle in the Bowls at Aspen/Snowmass, will take place March 27. But before that final showdown can occur, the Big Mountain Battle will make stops at Stevens Pass Ski Area, WA (Mar. 12); Smugglers’ Notch Resort, VT (Mar. 19); and Squaw Valley USA (Mar. 19)
Cost for the event is $85 per team and includes two Helly Hansen LIFA® base layers valued at $45 each and two subscriptions to Powder magazine. For more info or to sign up for a Big Mountain Battle stop near you, please go to www.bigmountainbattle.com.
About Helly Hansen
Founded in Moss, Norway, in 1877, Helly Hansen continues to protect and enable professionals making their living on oceans and mountains around the world. Their apparel, developed through a blend of Scandinavian design and insights drawn from living among some of the harshest environments on earth, helps provide the confidence professionals need to step out into the elements and complete their jobs. The company invented the first supple waterproof fabrics more than 130 years ago, created the first fleece fabrics in the 1960s and introduced the first technical base layers made with LIFA Stay Dry Technology in the 1970s. Today, Helly Hansen is the official uniform partner for more than 35 ski resorts and mountain guiding operations. The brand’s outerwear, base layers, sportswear and footwear for winter, outdoor and water sports are sold in more than 40 countries. To learn more about Helly’s latest collections, please visit www.hellyhansen.com.