SKIERS and snowboarders are gearing up for some “Big Air” on Saturday.
A mammoth 40-feet snow ramp is under construction in the Terrain Park at Falls Creek that will test the mettle of some of the best freestylers in the country in the $12,500 competition.
The weather forecast for the week ahead is up to a metre of fresh snow but clearing on Saturday for the competition.
Falls Creek event manager Hamish Palmer said it was all systems go.
“They are talking clearing snow showers so by mid-afternoon it should be near perfect,” he said.
“Most importantly the forecast suggests there will be little or no wind — the last thing these guys want when they are upside down, 25 feet in the air and travelling about 40km/h are wind gusts.”
Morning warm-ups would be followed by qualifiers with the competition just after midday.
“It’s a big and ugly jump that will provide plenty of thrills and spills for spectators,” he said.
“We have sponsored riders and other resorts teams entered and we expect about 50 to 60 in the final field — some of the best riders in the country with massive tricks.
“One of the most distinctive things about this competition is the need for consistency
“Being judged on two nominated jumps, competitors really need to make both count.
“Visually, with the high calibre of entrants, it’s a very impressive event.
“The terrain park is right alongside the Ruined Castle chair so visitors will be treated to some of the best action from the comfort of the chairlift.”