Skiers Keith Christien and Michael Wagener Take Gold at the Helly Hansen Big

Mountain Battle at Taos Ski Valley Resort

DELTA, B.C. (February 9, 2010) — The Helly Hansen Big Mountain Battle brought a huge crowd to Taos Ski Valley Resort as locals and competitors turned up from as far away as Telluride, CO to battle it out on the New Mexico's steep slopes.

The race challenged 47 two-person teams to an intense, big-mountain course that Taos' ski patrollers personally tested and approved. Team Rampinnnggg's Keith Christien and Michael Wagener took first place with a time of 1:19:00. Watch the start of this adrenaline-pumping race here:

Team Caroline's Caroline Colonia and Douglas Brown placed second with a time of 1:19:58 while Team Blue Dream's Nick Malik and Kevin Frazier snagged third with a time of 1:21:29.

Each team was tracked using FLAIK GPS, a unique tracking device that provided race officials with real-time data, including ascents and descents, on each team. Team Sinnott's Pat Sinnott and Kristen Green were awarded the Fastest Hike for their neck- breaking pace of 4:28 while Team Money's Garret Hanson and Travis Weber earned first place for the Fastest Speed, averaging 49.8 miles per hour.

"The turnout and the course were exceptional," said Marc Campbell, the organizer behind HH's BMB. "Teams drove as far as seven hours to make it to the start line. It's such a fun and challenging event. We're looking forward to Fernie next week and encourage all skiers in the region to participate."

bmb_taos2Christien and Wagener won an all-expense-paid trip to Aspen/Snowmass where they'll square off in the final Battle in the Bowls, March 28. But before that final showdown can occur, the Big Mountain Battle will make stops at Fernie Alpine Resort, B.C.; Squaw Valley USA, CA; Sun Peaks Resort, B.C., Revelstoke Mountain Resort, BC; Stevens Pass Ski Area, WA; and Smugglers' Notch Resort, VT; this February and March — and send six more two-person teams on all-expense-paid trips to the Aspen/Snowmass event.

B.C.'s Fernie comp will be held Feb. 13; CA's Squaw Valley, Feb. 20; B.C.'s Sun Peaks, Feb. 27; B.C.'s Revelstoke, Mar. 6; WA's Stevens Pass, Mar. 13; and VT's Smugglers' Notch, Mar. 20.

Cost for the event is $75 per team and includes two Helly Hansen LIFA® base layers valued at $45 each. For more info, to sign up and results of the first event at Taos, please go to

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