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) — Helly Hansen's Big Mountain Battle brought a huge crowd to Taos Ski Valley Resort as competitors turned up from as far away as Telluride, CO to battle it out on the steep slopes of New Mexico's premiere ski resort.

The race challenged 47 two-person teams to an intense, big-mountain course, designed and tested by Taos' own ski patrollers. Team Rampinnnggg's Keith Christien and Michael Wagener took first place with a time of 1:19:00, securing themselves an all expense paid trip to Aspen/Snowmass to represent Taos in the final Battle in the Bowls on March 28.

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 Helly Hansen's Big Mountain Battle. "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."

Christien 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. (Feb 13); Squaw Valley USA, CA (Feb 20); Sun Peaks Resort, B.C. (Feb 27), Revelstoke Mountain Resort, BC (Mar 6); Stevens Pass Ski Area, WA (Mar 13); and Smugglers' Notch Resort, VT (Mar 20); and send six more two-person teams on all-expense-paid trips to the Aspen/Snowmass event.

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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