2013 Helly Hansen Big Mountain Battle at PCMR

Posted by Jill on February 21, 2013

On Your Mark… Get Ready to Battle!

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Helly Hansen Big Mountain Battle Facts:

Who: You and a friend, son, daughter, spouse, newly met stranger!

What: BMB Registration

When: Saturday March 2, 2013 – 10:30am at Loran Larsen Park

Where: Park City Mountain Resort – check-in is on the 3rd floor of the Legacy Lodge 8:30-10:00am.

Why: Because it’s AWESOME!

The Big Mountain Battle is back!  I look forward to this Saturday event each year.  Two years ago, I first experienced the adventure provided by Helly Hansen’s Big Mountain Battle (BMB).  I have lived in Park City since birth and I have skied Park City since I was 2 years old, which indicates that I am pretty familiar with PCMR and definitely have my favorite places to ski.  However, when the BMB came into my life, I discovered and rediscovered Park City Mountain in a way I hadn’t in years.  The beauty of the BMB is that you experience a ski area in a new way and go to runs and lifts that may have not been in periphery otherwise.

What is the Big Mountain Battle?

Teams of two are given a Flaik GPS device and a course card designed by one of the resort’s finest ski patrol.  The selected ski patrol pre-runs each course and sets a time to beat.  The top team from each category – Advanced Course, Immediate Course and 12 & under – wins Helly Hansen gear.  The top team overall wins $2,000 worth of Helly Hansen gear and an entry to the final battle in the bowls in Aspen/Snowmass.

Who can participate?

Anyone!  All you need are two eager skiers that want a day of treasure hunt-like play at one America’s top ski areas.  Snowmama Heather experienced the BMB with her son two years ago.  Teams can be made up of parents and children, two kids, two adults… you get the picture.

Last year, my teammate and I won the event.  It was truly exhilarating!  Not only because we won $1,000 each of Helly Hansen gear, but also we played on our local ski area in a way we hadn’t in years.  Our mantra was “talk and tuck,” which meant we talked (mostly laughed and heckled each other) on the chair and when we exited the chair we were all business getting to our next checkpoint.  Another element about the BMB that is unique is that you have no idea if you are winning or dead last.  Occasionally, we would see another team, but most of the time you are skiing and enjoying a great day on the slopes.  Honestly, I love the strategy involved in creating a team plan on how to navigate the mountain the quickest way possible. 

At the end of the day, everyone gets an adventure and another great day on the slopes.  After the event is over, Flaik uploads all of the information from the event on their site.  Participants can see their average speed and other detailed information about their day of the Battle (aka bragging rights for fastest hiker, speed, etc).  If you are new to the area or a die-hard local, come out and relish in the fun of being on the slopes with a favorite ski buddy.

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