BIGMOUNTAINSKATE 2017 Event Calendar Details
Since 2014 BigMountainSkate has been catering to longboarders from across the globe with multiple events on some of the finest European spots. We’ve been stoked to be a part of some of the fun coverage over the years and can’t wait for this season. And it kicks off soon! Read on to find out more and plan the rest of the season.
Since its establishment, BigMountainSkate became well known for their freeride events that take part in Austria and Slovenia, like KnK Longboard Camp, Alpenrauschen and Bela Joyride.
After getting positive feedback from fellow skaters, BigMountainSkate decided to introduce three new longboard events; Arico – El Bueno – a freeride on the island Tenerife, No Man’s Land – 8 km endurance freeride in Slovenia and King’s Gate – an IDF WC race in Austria.
ARICO – EL BUENO
Freeride / Tenerife – Spain
March 20th – 24th, 2017
The first event of the 2017 BigMountainSkate season is the well anticipated Arico – El Bueno freeride in the end of March. While most people will still live on winter time, others will have the chance to enjoy the downhill skateboarding paradise known as the island Tenerife.
The Arico – El Bueno track is 3.2 km long and leads up to the village that gave the event its name. Numerous corners, smooth pavement and a breathtaking view over the Atlantic ocean is something you should expect while skating down the track with the top speed of 70 km/h.
To create the perfect holiday vibe, 120 attendees will be able enjoy their stay in an Ecovillaclub close to the beach, the track and not so distant from the bar.
Arico – El Bueno is really the perfect no-stress longboard season opener that will give you a chance to stretch your legs after the long and cold winter.
The registration for Arico – El Bueno Freeride already started via BigMountainSkate’s website. The registration fee is 250 Euros, plus additional 40 Euros for the accommodation.
Freeride / Tauplitzalm, Bad Mitterndorf, Austria
June 8th – 11th, 2017
Next on the BMS agenda is the third edition of the Alpenrauschen freeride. Taking place in Tauplitzalm, Austria this event will surely please high altitude adventurers.
Alpenrauschen is known for its challenging 5 km long track with a top speed of 95 km/h. Surrounded by pristine nature of the Austrian Alps, it offers more than just an adrenaline rush.
All of the 180 riders will stay in an Alpine hotel located 1700 meters above sea level, right next to the starting line. Furthermore, after a day of non-stop action, BMS will also pamper skaters with an awesome mini-ramp right in front of the hotel and with evening parties.
In contrary to El Bueno’s summery vibe, Alpenrauschen offers an alpine retreat for nature lovers. Breathing in the fresh air and enjoying evenings by the fire are the essence of longboard trips.
A registration fee, which includes accommodation, is 189 Euros. Registration will open on Sunday, February 5th at 8:00 PM CET, via the BigMountainSkate website.
NO MAN’S LAND
Freeride / Tolmin, Slovenia
July 4th – 8th, 2017
The beginning of July 2017 will mark the first ever No Man’s Land Endurance Freeride in Slovenia. If you haven’t heard of Slovenia or you’re only familiar with KnK Longboard Camp, get ready to be blown away.
No Man’s Land is a true endurance freeride, the first of its kind. What makes it so special is an 8 km long and highly technical track that will surely test the leg strength of 200 skaters.
Besides the magnitude of the track and a top speed of 80 km/h, it also includes more than 80 sweepers and steep drops into 4 hairpins, where good perseverance really matters.
At the end of the day, while everyone’s legs will be burning, a nearby campsite with all the amenities will ensure a comfortable stay. Moreover, it’s located right next to a beautiful emerald river Soča, which will provide much needed relaxation.
If you are looking for an ultimate skate trip with your friends, with all the skating your body and mind can handle, then think about visiting this 5 day freeride in Slovenia.
Registration fee of 200 Euros also covers staying at the campsite. Registration opens on Sunday, February 19th at 8:00 PM CET via BigMountainSkate website.
IDF WC Race / Klippitztörl Pass, Austria
July 13th – 16th, 2017
In mid July a new IDF World Cup Race called King’s Gate will take place in the south of Austria. 200 racers will enjoy another beautiful mountain surrounding and a fast, technical race track.
With a relaxed atmosphere and a top speed of 100 km/h, King’s Gate will ensure an accurate time-recording system (IDF) and a well organised race.
Furthermore, contestants will stay at a campsite surrounding a huge alpine hut where food and drinks will be available.
Registration fee of 199 Euros includes staying at the campsite and IDF 2017 membership is require in order to participate in the race. Registration opens via BigMountainSkate website on Sunday, March 5th at 8:00 PM CET.
KNK LONGBOARD CAMP
Freeride & Race in Slovenia
Week #1, July 24th – 29th, 2017 & Week #2, August 1st – 6th, 2017
The well known and loved ultimate skate vacation will take place in the end of July and beginning of August. KnK Longboard Camp has been present and has been hosting a major part of the European longboard community since 2009.
The Bear’s Guts track is a 4 km long beauty carved into a mountain in the wildest part of Slovenia. With the smoothest pavement around, it offers a consistent ride from top to bottom without any changes in the roads surface.
The 18 hairpins of the Bear’s Guts track make it the perfect surrounding for learning and improving freeride skills. It is also the reason every year a wide variety of skaters want to join this freeride. Beginner or pro, everybody is welcome to join.
The accommodation is flexible and relaxed. Offering multiple choices from camping, which is included in the registration fee, staying in a hotel room or bugging out in a dorm with your friends, riders can choose their preference and enjoy this 6 day freeride without a care in the world.
Every year the KnK crew strives to make the best event possible with hard work and added fun. No matter what week you’re on, the 1st or the 2nd, you can also take part in a nice and relaxed race with your friends.
Red Bull No Paws Down World Championship – Week #1
The first week of KnK Longboard Camp is notorious for the Red Bull No Paws Down World Championship race. Making the event even more challenging, the number one rule of the No Paws Down race is; no touching the ground with your hands while sliding.
Charging down the Bear’s Guts with a top speed of 80 km/h is challenging enough, but doing it fully stand-up is a true hard core game. The money prize fund for the race is 1,800 Euros.
Cult Single Set Survivors race – week #2
Second week of KnK Longboard Camp will host a different kind of race. With a standard race format, the Cult Single Set Survivors race has a twist. All riders are allowed to only use one set of wheels for the entire race.
Racers will have the option of getting a set of their favourite Cult wheels at a special price. It’s up to the riders to choose their preferred set for racing, whether it’s their own wheels or the Cult wheels. The funds collected from the wheels sale will go the winners of the race.
Registration fee for this 6-day full freeride is 220 Euros and it includes staying at the campsite. Registration will open via BigMountainSkate website on Sunday, January 29th at 8:00 PM CET.
Freeride in Austria
August 23rd – 26th, 2017
Towards the end of August it’s time for another freeride in southern Austria. The Bella Joyride will take place on the same track as usual, right on the border between Slovenia and Austria.
Bella Joyride features a 6 km long road with a big variety of corners. What makes it special is also the gradient, technical demanding banked hairpins and a top speed of 75 km/h.
The riders limit is set to 220 skaters that will enjoy 10 minute long pack runs in a chill environment. After all, the name says it all, it’s a “joyride”.
At the end of the day skating, riders are shuttled down to the campsite on a big soccer field. Right next to a crystal clear Vellach river, a hut at the camping spot will also offer meals and drinks.
Every evening, entertainment will be provided. A mini ramp will be placed at the campsite for those who still have a bit of extra energy left.
Registration fee for Bela Joyride is 177 Euros and it includes staying at the campsite. Registration will open via BigMountainSkate website on Sunday, April 2nd at 8:00 PM CET.