The eighth edition of the annual Red Bull Ragnarok championship that many consider the world’s toughest snow-kite race drew 250 competitors to the frozen wilderness of Norway’s Hardangervidda plateau.
Snow-kiters have to complete five laps over 25 kilometres, which could take up to five hours depending on weather conditions. Competitors must be prepared for blizzards, cold weather, difficult terrain, deep snow, and extremely strong to very light winds.
For the third year in a row, Canadian Marie-Eve Mayrand ascended the podium at the Ragnarok 2018, claiming silver in the women’s snowboard category. She won gold in 2016 and bronze last year. She explains her experience.