O’Neill Big Mountain Pro 2007March is a very busy month contest-wise and we are receiving press releases from all over the place right now. March is also usually the time of the year with the best snow conditions…let’s beg that winter finally starts massively in Europe too. The organisers of the innovative freeride contest format – the Swatch O’Neill Big Mountain Pro 2007 – definitly need it anyways!


With innovation lying at the core of everything we do, it made perfect sense to push the envelope and develop a new contest format for 2007, and one that promises to revolutionize the world of freeride snowboard and ski competition as we know it.

In early March 2007, the inaugural edition of the Swatch O’Neill Big Mountain Pro will see 16 of the world’s best snowboarders and skiers coming together for a competition like no other.

Starting out in the picturesque Swiss ski resort of Laax with the Take-Off Party on 1st March and culminating in the Awards Party in the Austrian city of Innsbruck on 10th March, the O’Neill Big Mountain Pro will adopt an innovative mobile format guaranteeing the competition the best possible snow conditions and terrain.

Free to roam the European Alps on a search for optimum conditions, the event will embark on a 10 day journey including 3 competition days spread out over 3 different mountains. With the vastness and diversity of the European Alps setting the stage for this unique event, the competitors will be offered unparalleled lift and helicopter access to some of the region’s most impressive peaks.

Judging one another via video feedback over 3 different kinds of terrain – including steeps, cliffs and freestyle-friendly terrain – the competitors will battle it out to earn the respect of their peers and claim their part of the 60,000 Euro prize purse. Locations will be narrowed down in February and finally confirmed 48 hrs in advance.
Take off Party:
Laax – 1st March 2007
In the Lobby of the Riders Palace
Doors open at 10pm, Free Entry
Live: “Pussywarmers” (Rockabilly)
Beats and Visuals: “Round Table Knights”

02 March = First possible contest day

03-10 March = Possible contest day

Riders’ Awards & Closing Party:
Innsbruck – 10th March 2007
@ the “Hafen”
Innrain 149
6020 Innsbruck
Doors open at 9pm, Entry: 8 Euro
Giant screen with best of Big Mountain Pro action.
Live: “Grandfey” (Rock)
Beats and Visuals: “Round Table Knights”