Swatch Skiers Cup
The Swatch Skiers Cup is a big mountain and backcountry slopestyle contest that took place recently at Valle Nevado, Chile. It pitted Team America versus Team Europe.
Team America's KC Deane beat out Sweden's Jacob Wester and Germany's Tom Leitner in the big-mountain portion of the contest.
At stake is national pride and a big silver boot trophy.
"We're not competing just for ourselves," says Frenchman Richard Permin. "It's a group of friends pushing each other to do something good for our countries. That's pretty cool."
Team Europe's Richard Permin and Mathieu Imbert at the finish area of the big-mountain contest.
"The strategy for Team Europe is pretty much no strategy," says Permin. "We're just going to go for it, try to do the best and do some good tricks and have a good time."
Welcome to the starting gate of the big-mountain contest at Valle Nevado, Chile, the largest ski area in South America.
Germany's Tom Leitner hits an air during the big-mountain contest.
Chile's own Chopo Diaz during the second big-mountain portion of the Skier's Cup contest.
Italian skier Markus Eder, fresh off a win at the New Zealand World Heli Challenge, represented Team Europe.
Californian Cody Townsend hitting a huge air during the second day of the contest.
In the end, it was the team from North and South America that took home the top prize.
After the three final heats, Team Americas came out on top with a final score of 10 to 9. Here's the winning team.