The Orage European Freeski Open is Back March 17-21

Back Again for Year 4

Photo by Christian Stadler.

(LAAX, SUI – February 13, 2009)

– LAAX, Orage and Swatch are proud to announce, the Orage European Freeski Open by Swatch 2009, taking place from March 17 to 21, 2009. Back again for its fourth year, Europe’s premier event of the season offers a grand prize purse of $50,000usd. Featuring both slopestyle and halfpipe competitions, the European Open gives local and amateur riders the chance to compete with some of the best pros in the sport and will award equal prize money to male and female riders.

Crap Sogn Gion Mountain, home of Europe’s only on‐hill / in‐dirt Superpipe, and one of Europe’s most famed slopestyle courses call forth former winners of the European Open and some of the best talent from around the globe. Canada’s halfpipe specialists Sarah Burke and Mike Riddle, Justin Dorey, Marie Martinod from France, US wonder boy Simon Dumont, Norwegians PK Hunder and Grete Eliassen, Jossi Wells/NZE and Russell Henshaw/AUS from Down Under, and the unbeatable queen of the LAAX slopestyle contest, three time winner Virginie Faivre of Switzerland have at one time, all risen to the challenge.

Online registration for competitors opens February 23, 2009 at

. Get yourself on the list and in the game for a shot to set yourself atop the podium of Europe’s premier Open event.

Orage European Freeski Open by Swatch 2009

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Qualifications Slopestyle, Crap Sogn Gion

Thursday March 19, 2009

Qualis Halfpipe Crap Sogn Gion

Friday, March 20, 2009

Semi Finals & Finals Slopestyle, Crap Sogn Gion

DJ Party Night Riders Palace

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Semi Finals & Finals Halfpipe, Crap Sogn Gion

Live Concert & DJ Party at Riders Palace