Every event in the Scottish Freedom Series is unique.
The terrain at each of the competition venues varies greatly and this, combined with the changeable snowpack and weather conditions on the day, means that each event will pose very different challenges to riders.
The selection of the competition face will rest with the event director, the judging panel and the ski patrol and safety team operating at the venue. Whilst a midweek indication of location will be issued prior to each comp, the final decision can only be taken on the morning of the event day, based upon the visibility/wind and snow conditions.
Ben Lawers Range
The Lawers of Gravity
COMPETITION FACE: The ``Lawers of Gravity`` takes competitors into the centrally located Ben Lawers Range of mountains, that lie to the North of Loch Tay (just 90 mins from Edinburgh and Glasgow).
This range offers summits of 4000ft and vehicle access to 500m. Here there is an exceptional choice of freeride competition faces with deep gullies and many naturally occuring rock features, facing every aspect. In previous years the east face of Meall Nan Tarmachan has been used for the Lawers of Gravity event. This offers the spectacular top bowl for the first judged run followed by the lower SE buttress for the second. As the range is not lift served competitors must be proficient in ascent techniques using relevant equipment for the conditions to reach the summit or start area.
All riders are strongly advised to explore and ride the mountain prior to the competition date.
COMPETITION FACE: The ``Corrie Challenge`` takes place in Back Corries and the last two occasions have seen Summit Gully in spectacular condition for the event.
This natural FREERIDE playground offers many lines and some 6-7m drops from the strong confident pro-freerider.
Back Corries is served by The Nevis Range's Plateau Poma uplift, and if conditions and time permits ski patrol will offer a skidoo-tow service across the summit for all competitors to access the comp start area to save them that 10min traverse.
COMPETITION FACE: The ``Coe Cup`` takes place on Glencoe's flypaper, radio gully and the surrounding face and east ridge.
This tried and tested freeride face has hosted the Coe Cup since 2012 and offers multiple choices of line with some extreme options. The competition start area is lift served by the main basin t-bar and poma and then requires a traverse of 300 metres east from the summit of Meall a Bhuridh. In situations of extremely poor visibility the competition may be moved to the rocky face beneath the cliffhanger chairlift incorporating the canyon.
COMPETITION FACE: From the summit of Meall a' Bhuiridh, the continuation to Creise goes south west and then west over a col with a height of 932 metres which connects the two mountains to reach the summit plateau of Creise. Traverse to the south along the ridge to the highest point Clach Leathad 1099m.
This is where finalists in the series will perform a single all-out run in the SFS final.
All to ride for - ALL TO WIN or ALL TO LOSE!
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