Photos: Nick Hamilton & Andy Wright
The second annual DC Hit & Run went down in the picturesque French Alps resort of Méribel, part of the 'Les 3 Vallees' the largest ski area in the world, which has over 350 miles of trails, and sick 'off piste' terrain in-between. Hit & Run is a race, top to bottom through a park, timed, with mandatory tricks on specific features on the way down, which are judged and knock seconds off your total time. So to win, you need to be fast as hell and stomp tricks.
“The idea behind Hit & Run is to challenge a snowboarder’s overall ability,” said DC snowboarding’s Global Marketing Director and Hit & Run concept founder, Bobby Meeks. “The course combines turns of a banked slalom with the features of slopestyle– You need haul ass and also crush it on rails and jumps,” he continued.
In the end, the combination makes one of the most fun and challenging events in snowboarding.
Check out the full gallery above and rider highlights below.
Mons Røisland got a time of 1:57 (1:44 with the tricks), including a switch backside 12 on the lower jump, earning him the win and the 'best trick' award of the day.
Mons Røisland: The Hit & Run was super cool, I've never done a contest timed so it was totally different for me. It was fun all the aspects of snowboarding into one run, staying on your edges keeping your speed all the time, and thinking about tricks you want to do. A complete run you can do on a snowboard. Tunnels, toilet bowl, hips, step ups, step downs.
Sebbe de Buck: Hit & Run really brings the fun out in snowboarding. All the crew hanging snowboarding, laid back format, with still a little competition. Kinda bummed didn't have to wear bibs. End of season.
Justin Fronius: Super fun cause of all the different features in the park. Not often you get to hit a pipe, rails, and jumps that big.
Bobby Meeks: The course was insane. The Area 43 park staff crushed it this year with one of the best events of the season. The Meribel resort is ginormous, the town is insanely young and fun, and the new updated DC Area 43 park was voted the best in France…. What's more do you need?
The first stop of the DC Hit & Run in Mammoth, CA crushed it, so for the Meribel DC Area 43 park staff to back that up with an amazing course and experience for the 2nd stop of the series was a homerun. They killed it. The series finale is April 1st-2nd at Whistler Blackcomb. Register now at dcshoes.com/hitandrun