Competitions often leave skiers wishing they had an opportunity for a re-do. This September, they will. At the four-day Toyota One Hit Wonder Down Under competition at Thredbo Resort, Australia, skiers have an opportunity to try a trick as many times as they can.
The unique competition, held in the Southern Hemisphere’s spring, gives riders a chance to perfect their best trick on the jump that’s set up for the four-day-long competition. The creators of the event wanted to let skiers get used to the jump, and make progress with their skiing each day in the competition.
To qualify for the event, skiers from around the world can upload a video of themselves showing off their most stylie trick to from now until August 20. A panel of judges will select the 12 riders they’re most impressed with to compete September 14 through 17 for the grand prize.
The riders who participate in the event will vote amongst themselves to decide who they thought had the most impressive hit, and the person chosen will be recognized at the after party on September 18. After that, the videos of each rider’s “one hit”—the trick that they thought was their best of the competition—will be posted to the website, and the public will get a chance to judge the competition. For three weeks after the competition, anyone can vote for his or her favorite big-air trick to crown the people’s choice champion.
Last year, 24-year-old Slovenian skier Bine Zalohar pulled off a switch 10, and became the people’s choice champion. He loves skiing in the backcountry, shredding at Vogel Ski Resort, and listening to Souls of Mischief while he pulls cork 540’s. Zalohar told us he’s excited about competing again this year and what his future ski-career could hold.
You just started skiing in 2005, how did that happen?
I had been snowboarding, and one day my mom came home with skis, and I was like “whaaaaat?” But my friend made me try a back -flip and ever since then I’ve been addicted to skiing.
Is there anyone you’ve met through skiing that you’ve been really excited about?
I’ve met a lot of my ski idols, and have been stoked to be able to hang out with them for their short periods of time at competitions. The most honorable moment was being able to spend time with CR Johnson. I have a lot of respect for him and what he did for the industry.
What are your plans for this next season?
My goals are pretty high. I hope I’ll have a chance to compete at some big-air events, maybe the Dew Tour, the World Cup halfpipe event, and some other freeride events. I want to do every single thing.
Check out Bine’s winning video here.
If you can’t make it to Australia to compete in September, you can still win something.
Every person that votes for their favorite trick is entered to win an all-expense paid trip for two to Niseko, Japan, and a complete Salomon set-up.
To enter your audition video, and take a look at who you’re up against, go to onehitwonderevent.com. If you don’t make the cut, check back at the end of September to vote for your favorite trick.