2008 Podium at the CoverGirl Snow Angel Invitational. Photo: Jeremy Swanson.

With the snow beginning to fall on resorts it’s time to start gearing up for the 2009 competitions, as top riders begin to get their legs back under them, and amateurs set their sights on making names for themselves. Four contests are featured including the CoverGirl Snow Angels Invitational, the Roxy Chicken Jam, the Nikita Chickita Jam, and Billabong’s Flaunt It. These competitions all have the same theme of a relaxed environment geared at fun times and catered towards the riders. Here’s your guide to these three exclusive all women’s competitions that will be going down this winter.

CoverGirl Snow Angels Invitational (April 3-5)

Group shot of the riders from last year’s comp. Photo: Jeremy Swanson

About the event:
This year the CoverGirl Snow Angels Invitational will be going down from April 3-5 at Snowmass Colorado. This event is more than just a shred competition. Hosted by local Aspen shred Gretchen Bleiler and Snowmass, the event will host about 15 of the worlds top female shreds.  This unique event includes a Jam Superpipe contest.

Gretchen sends it en route to her 1st Place Result. Photo: Jeremy Swanson

2009 Confirmed Rider List: Gretchen Bleiler, Paulina Ligocka, Elena Hight, Hannah Teter, Sarah Conrad, Kelly Clark, Meg Pugh, Torah Bright, Ellery Hollingsworth, Clair Bidez, Mercedes Nicoll, Dominique Valle, Soko Yamaoka.

The Podium (2008): Elena Hight, Gretchen Bleiler, Kelly Clark. Photo: Jeremy Swanson

Summary of what went down last Year.
Last year Gretchen Bleiler took home the honors with first place and a not too shabby $10,000 prize. Vermont rider Kelly Clark finished second bagging $4,500.  Elena Hight, of South Lake Tahoe, earned her $2,000 with a third place finish. Hannah Teter and Manuela Pesko finished 4th and 5th.

Kelly Clark took home the honors of best trick and highest air. Most progressive rider went to Gretchen Bleiler.

Sponsors: CoverGirl, Herbal Essence, Oakley

Nikita Chickita Jam (Mammoth-Feb. 21) (Serfaus, Austria-April 18)

Nikita rider Jordie Karlinski. Photo: Brooke Geery

About the event:
It’s not enough to only have this slopestyle event once a year, so there’s going to be two, one in Austria and one in Mammoth. This event is an open-invitational contest, known for its mellow and fun atmosphere. There will be plenty of cash for the Pro class and heaps of prizes for the Ams. The top Am rider will win a one year contract with Nikita. Ana Rumiah won last year’s Chickita in Europe and Alice Gong won the Mammoth event, and both have been with Nikita since.

Izzy Lalive winning the whole gig. Photo: John Webster

Summary of what went down last year.
For the Pro class Izzy Lalive took down the top spot with a backside 540 into a cab three. Vera Janssen took home 2nd, and Nikita’s own Jordie Karlinski held down for a third place finish.
Local Mammoth rider Alice Gong finished on top for the Amateur class.  Indigo Monk and Femke Henriques rounded out the podium with 2nd and 3rd place finishes.

To sign up go to http://signmeup.com/site/reg/register.aspx?fid=FQ2V8K7

Sponsors: Dakine, Coal, Seychelles. Lomography, Osiris, and more to come.

Roxy Chicken Jam (March 27-29)

Kjersti Buass busting moves on her way to third. Photo: Welsh

About the event:
This year will mark the Fifth Annual Roxy Chicken Jam. It will be the final major stop of the Women’s TTR World Tour. This event will feature an all women’s Slopestyle and Superpipe competition along with tons of free swag and games for the spectators at the free festival area. A few names that will be there include: Roxy team riders Torah Bright, Amber Stackhouse, Kjersti Buass, along with Jaime Anderson, Kelly Clark, and Gretchen Bleiler. The total prize purse will be $55,000, $15,000 for first place Superpipe and $15,000 for first place Slopestyle. The event showcases a free outdoor concert held in the village at Mammoth Mountain on Saturday, March 28 at 7:00 p.m.

The event will include an open-registration qualifier round for amateur riders to compete for one of five spots in the Roxy Chicken Jam Main Event. Registration begins February 20 at www.roxy.com.

Mammoth’s “Woolly” took down the title and $4,000 cash prize for the Mascot Superpipe Competition. Photo: Borchart

Summary of what went down last year:
Last years Slopestyle event featured 2 jibs at the top of the run followed by 3 kickers. Jamie Anderson dominated the run with a first place finish. Second place went to Chanell Sladics, and Sina Candrian took down 3rd place.
In the half pipe Kelly Clark took home first place. Torah Bright got second, while Kjersti Buass took home 3rd place. Dominique Vallee earned $3,000 for best trick with an “ollie-oop Michalchuk”. 

Billabong's Flaunt It

About the event:
Billabong's Flaunt It is an All-Girls Slopestyle & Rail Jam snowboard contest that is aimed at being fun, while providing over $10,000 in cash and prizes for the girls to vie for. There are four (5) events planned for Canada, with two events planned for the US. The events will be held:

Feb. 7th: Norquay, Alberta

Feb. 14th: USA (location TBD)

Feb. 21st: Blue Mountain, Ontario

Feb. 28th: Martock, Nova Scotia

March 7th: USA (location TBD)

March 14th: Big White, BC

March 28th (FINALS): Tremblant, Quebec

The first 5 events are qualifiers for the Series Finals which will be held at Tremblant. The winner from these events will have airfare and accommodation to the series finals at Tremblant paid for and organized by Billabong. Billabong has added a stop to both the Canadian and USA schedule from last year, and are hoping to continue building the series in the years to come.

Each contest is being designed with fun in mind and aimed at the local shredder to support the female snow community on a grassroots level. The contests will be slopestyle events in jam format so that everyone can have fun watching each other and not feel the dreaded 'it's now or never' pressure in their runs. All riders will be allowed to do as many runs as they want, with the judges watching throughout the day to see who the strongest riders are. With fun being foremost, each event will be located at the bottom of the mountains, on a custom built park for the riders to Flaunt It. At the bottom of the slopestyle course will be a BBQ pit, where there will be a lunch time break with burgers available for all participants and spectators. Cash and Prizes will be given out based on best scores, best tricks, style, etc. at the Awards ceremony that will take place at the bottom of each hill.

Schedule For Each Event

8h-9h30 registration and warm-up

10h-1h Slopestyle Jam

1h-2h lunch break

2h-4h Rail Jam

4pm Awards

Registration is done online with a mini-site on Billabong.com/flauntit, only the first 30 entries will be accepted per stop with the exception of the series finals at Tremblant where 50 entries will be taken.

Billabong will be heavily marketing this event throughout retailers nationwide and various online promotions. There will be pre-registration parties at each location to kick-off the event with free t-shirts, food and drinks and a viewing of the Tara Dakides film "Against The Grain".