Bulgarian Extreme and FreeSkiing Association (BEFSA)
- past events
Big Mountain Competition 2000, Vitosha
On 26th and 27th February 2000
in the "Lavinata" region on Vitosha Mountain (half an
hour from downtown Sofia) the first Big Mountain competition in
Bulgaria took place. It was solely organized by BEFSA as IFSA guidelines
were followed as closely as possible.
| As we received IFSA
Big Mountain Freeskiing Contest Guidelines we quickly formed the organization
committee. Given the small size of our event and the freeskiing community
in Bulgaria we were forced to assign more than one task to a single
individual during the event organization. We tried to plan the organization
well in advance, but most of the work was actually done in the last
week prior the contest. Communication to the general public and freeskiers
was among our prime goals, as this was the first event of this kind
in Bulgaria. Media and posters announcement were conducted as well
as through regular meeting points and common note boards.
Competitors in the contest were mainly BEFSA
members although the event was open to all willing, given that they
pass BEFSA controlled qualification runs. Age, liability, insurance,
and conduct requirement were strictly according to IFSA guidelines.
Contest site set-up was also done accordingly as well as the start,
the finish, and the official areas. The course was modified at the
last moment as the Chief of Safety (from the Mountain Rescue Service)
declared part of the course as "avalanche danger zone".
Thus, we decided to leave only a small part of the course open (see
the enclosed photos), in order not to cancel the event. Despite
it size the new course offered a few possible modifications for
the competitors to choose from.
|Contest execution was
also hindered by the fierce weather (wind speed above 40m/sec) conditions
that characterized the few days prior the event days. One of the main
ski lifts was broken and another started working later then usually,
but we were lucky to see the weather improving for the very days of
the contest-the wind almost stopped and sun started to pop up between
the thin clouds. This allowed us to start the contest on planned the
day though in a later hour.
Competitor communication was performed only
in Bulgarian, as all competitors were Bulgarians. Competitors meeting
were held early n every day of the competition on which time schedule
was announced and contest rules handbook were distributed, as well
as other regulations were clarified.
On the 26th of February course re-check, as well as inspections
and qualification runs were held. The official training followed.
On the 27th of February were the final runs. The prize giving was
later at a specially organized night party in the "Cutty Sark"
nightclub in downtown Sofia. Also a winners presentation was executed
instead at the finish area. Below is the final ranking:
Place Start Number First Name Last Name Total Points
1 10 Andrei Balevski 46
2 36 Momchil Panayotov 45
3 42 Kostadin Katev 44
4 44 Aleksandar Mihailov 40
5 4 George Lilianov 35
5 35 Kiril Traianov 35
6 39 Ivo Altanov 34
7 5 Vladimir Stoyanov 31
7 26 Simeon Ivanov 31
8 11 Petia Lazarova 28
9 2 Jordan Roev 25
9 6 Emanuil Emanuilov 25
10 3 Nikolai Kolev 22
11 7 Aleksandar Georgiev 15
" Single female participant Petia Lazarova
" Youngest participant (17 years old) Jordan Roev
During the whole event the Mountain Rescue Service
(PSS) guaranteed the safety of the course. As PSS is Bulgarian national
mountain rescue provider (Bulgarian Professional Ski Patrol), we
were happy to work together with the Vitosha Mountain department
of PSS in building the safety plan, as well as executing the safety
preparation for this event. Safety personnel were also exclusively
from PSS, as the service took responsibility for the whole competition
rules were also according to the IFSA 1998-1999 Judging Guidelines.
The Jury consists of the Head Judge and of two normal scoring judges,
who judged all five categories on a 10 grade scale (see the attached
score table) using specially designed score-sheet.
The course chosen for the contest, because of
the avalanche danger was primarily hard snow (corn). Thus competitors
were forced to ski with increased caution among the cliffs, as higher
part of the course was declared "NO FALL ZONE" by the
judges. We were happy to see that the contest ended with no incidents,
with only a few minor falls by the competitors.
The whole event was covered by the film and
photo shooting team from the Imagine Creative Group. The enclosed
video and photos are made real thank to their enormous effort and
patience. We would also like to note that this event would not have
been possible if there were not our sponsors: BAS Sports Shop, Rossignol,
O'Neill, Moten Lounge, Sofia Municipal, Darik Radio, and Rank Xerox.