Mountain bike slopestyle on snow celebrates a decade of action in January 2016 in Saalfelden Leogang. White Style is an FMB Silver Event and attracts some of the world's best athletes. To celebrate the anniversary on January 29th, Saalfelden Leogang is giving fans the chance to try their own skills on snow during the Scott Snow Downhill Race as part of the LINES schneefräsn Cup. Fans will also have the once in a lifetime opportunity to design their own White Style obstacle which will be integrated into the huge course made of snow. Judged by an expert panel, the winner of the design your obstacle contest will receive a VIP package such as a meet&greet, overnight stay and awesome prizes valued at over 1,500 Euro including a GoPro HERO 4 Session.
White Style premiered in 2006 in the Leogang Nitro Snowpark and had featured jumps between 6 – 10 meters (20-35ft). Austrian rider Niki Leitner impressed the judges with a huge superman seatgrab and claimed the first victory at a mountain bike slopestyle event on snow. After that it was like a snowball effect – the venue was moved, the course was longer and larger jumps were built and straight away big names were signing up to compete in this unique event. Most of today's freeride and slopestyle stars have a history with White Style: the wild Spaniard Andreu Lacondeguy won the contest in 2009 and two years later in 2011, Sam Pilgrim from Great Britain earned himself a victory. This year, Szymon Godziek from Poland stacked the highest score and took his first win of the season in Legoang. More legends including Martin Söderström, Darren Berrecloth, Cam McCaul, Graham Aggasiz, Trond Hansen or Jamie Goldman have all made their way to White Style in the past.
White Style is the earliest opportunity for athletes to show their new tricks – so as the event grew – so did the trick level. In 2009 Lance McDermott (GBR) threw down the first front flip tuck no-hander in an international mountain bike contest. Unfortunately, he slipped a pedal but still claimed the "Sickest trick Award". Sam Reynolds was headline news in 2012 thanks to his massive double backflip. In 2013 the Russian showman Pavel Alekhin was a clear Best Trick winner with a backflip double tailwhip. A year later in 2014, Nicholi Rogatkin began making ripples when he landed the Cashroll on snow – just one year after Adrian Tell's successful attempt in 2013.
Big names can only nail big tricks on big courses! Which is why the White Style course has had to grow along with the sport. Over the years, the jumps have got bigger, boner logs and igloo step-downs have been integrated. Now, you can also be a White Style Champion! All you need to do is get creative! Design the obstacle you would like to see in the 2016 White Style course and submit your drawing by December 31st 2015. The winner will receive a VIP package such as a meet&greet, overnight stay, awesome prizes valued at over 1,500 Euro including a GoPro HERO 4 Session and have the honor of watching the best slopestyle riders trick the feature! MTB legend and sports director Tarek Rasouli, White Style host and director of the Leoganger Bergbahnen Kornel Grundner, course designer Markus Hampl and last year's winner Szymon Godziek will decide which drawing will become real. Further information can be found on: bike.saalfelden-leogang.com/en/events/2016/white-style-2016/design-your-obstacle-2016/