International competition status for Luleå Big Air

Published: 15 January 2018

February 10, the fourth Luleå Big Air is held at campus in Luleå. The competition for skiers and snowboarders has, for the first time, international FIS status.
– It raises the standard considerably. We expect to get world-class skiers here, says student Hugo Mörtsell, one of the four arrangers of Luleå Big Air.

Luleå Big Air has become one of Luleå's big public festivals in winter. Last year, 6000 visitors came to campus in Luleå to see skiers and snowboarders take off from the 22 meter high ramp and do their tricks.

– This year we hope for 10,000 visitors. This is one of the biggest competisions of its kind in Sweden. It means a lot that Luleå Big Air is now FIS-rated through the Swedish Ski Association and that the participants involved have the opportunity to collect ranking points for major international competitions and the Olympic Games. It will be great fun to invite spectators to absolute top skiing, says Hugo Mörtsell, student at Luleå University of Technology and marketing manager for Luleå Big Air.

Hope for more competitors

Registration for Luleå Big Air's four racing categories - women's and men's class in skis and snowboards - opens today. The four students who organize the competition hope that the FIS status will give more competitors in the women's classes.

– We have been working hard with the competition since September. It's fun to be able to reach so many people and attract so many visitors to the university area, says Hugo Mörtsell.

Luleå Big Air is free for visitors and offers a wide range of activities for all ages. Throughout the day visitors can try dog sledding, maze orientation in the snow and cross country skiing. Outdoor shops and other local businesses will be in place and there is a foodtruck and bar on site.

About Luleå Big Air:
Luleå Big Air is organized by students at Luleå University of Technology and has become one of Sweden's biggest competitions in it's kind for skiers and snowboarders.
The first Luleå Big Air was held 2015 and the competition has grown significantly since then, from about 2000 visitors the first year to 6000 last year. The competition and all surrounding activities are gathered at campus in Porsön in Luleå.
The students behind the event are Christian Uhlan, Hugo Mörtsell, Anton Blomdahl and Erik Gustavsson.


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