LITERALLY ON THE FLANK OF THE ICONIC MATTERHORN
The Swatch Skiers Cup 2015 kicks off with the Backcountry Slopestyle (BCS) event on Wednesday at 10am (CET). The legendary event will take place on the venue prepared below the Hörnli ridge in the Schwarzsee sector of Zermatt. It will be the longest Backcountry Slopestyle in the world with 600 vertical meters (2000ft) and a total length of 1300m (4300ft).
Epic action - accessible to the public
The Backcountry Slopestyle venue has been designed and prepared by the head shaper Arnaud Kugener (FRA) and his team over the past three weeks to give the riders an optimal playground and the spectators a jaw dropping show. The battle will play out literally just below the Matterhorn on its north flank.
This crowd pleasing event can be watched live from the public viewing area directly on the Stafelapl slope (no. 52) down from Schwarzsee.
Breath-taking action guaranteed
In the BCS event, the world class riders known from the ski movies, can be seen throwing trick after trick while riding down the backcountry terrain. The contest is held as team duals between a team of skiers representing Europe and a team from the Americas. This format is known to spice up the atmosphere with team spirit and continental pride, giving the skiers extra wings and the spectators a clear team to cheer for.
Off snow program in the Event Village
The Swatch Skiers Cup Event Village opens Tuesday at 3pm just in front of the Swatch Shop. Lots of festivities will take place here with DJ and happenings. The Opening Ceremony will also take place here at 5.30pm Tuesday followed by an autograph session with the skiers.
On Wednesday after the Backcountry Slopestyle event, a flower ceremony will be held in the Event Village showing a recap of the day with spectacular footage captured from the helicopter and on the terrain. The ceremony finishes off with the draw between the two Team Captains, Julien Regnier (Team Europe) and Seth Morrison (Team Americas) deciding the heats for the Big Mountain event.
Swatch Movie Night
On Tuesday night there will be a unique screening of MSP's latest ski movie “Days of My Youth” at the Cinema Vernissage at 9.30pm with guest appearances of Swatch Proteam athletes including Cody Townsend (USA), Richard Permin (FRA), Sam Anthamatten (SUI).
Big Mountain and further
The Big Mountain event is scheduled for Thursday but is still to be confirmed. To stay updated on the whole event, feel free to visit the Swatch Skiers Cup website and Facebook page