3. Story walkthrough
As the game is free-roam (ish) you have the complete freedom to decide what to do and when to do it. This walkthrough is very brief in terms of how to play the game, and instead focuses on finding the bystanders that you need to impress. All other missions and objectives are marked clearly on the Trail screen, but the bystanders are not. This walkthrough lists the nearest lifts/missions to each group of bystanders.
Once you attempt a side mission it's worth replaying it until you earn a gold medal. This will save having to come back to it later, and while it can be frustrating, you have a much better chance of getting the gold medal for a particular mission if you have just earned a bronze or silver, and the course is still fresh in your mind. Bear in mind that you can add a jump or rail using 'Build' to help you out if needed.
MOUNTAIN 1/7 - NORTHSTAR
Press START at the main screen and select a name for your rider. Play through the first introductory level until you get to create your character. Once you've finished here, you finally arrive at the main menu! Select 'Hit the Slopes' and you will be given a tutorial on the Trail Screen (map) and how to get to your objectives. To start with, note the different types of objective marker :
- RED STAR - Story mission.
- YELLOW TRIANGLE + BLACK ARROW - Ski-lift. Don't worry about selecting these on this screen, as when you mark an objective as active, the nearest lift will be automatically selected.
- GREEN CIRCLE WITH TWO 'PEOPLE' SILHOUETTES - Co-op challenge. These DO-NOT count towards the number of side missions you need to complete, and are best avoided unless you particularly want to play a pointless co-op challenge with a friend.
- EVERYTHING ELSE - Side mission.
Use the LT/RT to cycle through the different regions of the mountain, note at the moment two of them are locked and inaccessible.
Select the story mission (Hunter Rendezvous) and press A twice. Note that a rainbow has appeared over the red star, this denotes which is your current 'active' mission and can be changed at any time. Also, the cursor has moved to the nearest ski-lift. Press A again to travel to the top of the lift.
You will spawn at the lift drop-off point. Make your way to the objective circle marker at the end of the rainbow and press X to start. Should you go past the objective marker on this, or any other mission, you do not have to return to the top of the lift. Instead, press START and select the 'Snowmobile' option, this lets you travel back up the mountain to reach your objective. You will also be required to use the snowmobile in some missions, and every time that you use it the distance you travel counts towards
Travel 10+ kilometers on a snowmobile.
You will easily earn this achievement as you play the game, and you can check your progress towards it by selecting 'My Stash' from the main menu, followed by 'My Stats'.
Anyway, before we get started on the game let's quickly earn our first achievement with three minutes of grinding, if three minutes can be called a grind! If you don't want to do this now then you don't have to, but there's no real need to use the 'Build' feature in the game and so you may as well get it out of the way now.
From the pause menu select 'Build'. Then press RB once to select 'Dumpster' and plant four of them on top of each other by pressing A four times. Now press B to delete them, and A to select 'yes' when asked if you're sure. Rinse and repeat 50 times to earn
Build 200+ terrain park objects.
Press BACK to exit build mode, and you can now start playing the game properly!
To unlock some of the story missions, the game will prompt you to complete side missions - don't forget to keep replaying these until you earn a gold medal in them, as this will save you a lot of time later on. If you get stuck on one particular mission you can use 'Build' to add jumps/rails/etc to make it easier.
After completing a few missions you will notice that the Trail Screen now has a 'stoked' figure (ie "0/50 people are stoked"). Each mountain has a certain number of bystanders that you are required to impress (stoke) with tricks in order to earn a gold medal (5 of the mountains will also give you an achievement for stoking the required number of people). These bystanders can be tricky to locate, so the locations in which you can find them are listed below. You will notice a yellow 'eye' icon when you are near a bystander, and when they are sufficiently stoked this changes to a green 'hand' sign.
To start stoking bystanders, you need to fill up the green 'Awesomeness' bar along the top of the screen by performing tricks and earning points whilst in free-play. Bear in mind that once the bar is full you can still use lifts and the snowmobile. If you're struggling to fill your awesomeness bar, a very easy way is to ride and jump over rocks and big gorges, just keep spamming A as you land and it will keep your combo going.
Sometimes there are bystanders at the very top of the mountain that won't be impressed by you taking the first jump you come to. When this happens, use the build function to firstly place a start flag as high up the moutain as you can, and then secondly place a jump next to the bystanders. You should only have to do this once or twice throughout the game.
LOWER RESORT - PIONEER, DISLOCATION CHAOS, ARROW, WHITE RABBIT, SUNRISE HALF-PIPE
UPPER RESORT - THE CHUTE, RENDEZVOUS, COMSTOCK, THIS WAY UP
BACKCOUNTRY - BACKSIDE EXPRESS, PROMISED LAND, BURN OUT
Impress all bystanders on this mountain to earn
Impress the required number of bystanders in each area of Northstar to Own the Mountain.
Complete all story missions on this mountain to earn
Finish Act I of the story to unlock the Snowbird resort.
It's worth noting that whenever you complete a 'Sled Trauma' side mission, the score you gained counts towards
Earn 1,000,000+ points in sledding scores.
You will earn this achievement easily throughout the course of the game, if you want to earn it quickly then complete all sled trauma challenges as soon as they're unlocked. You need a cumulative score of 1,000,000 points and can check your progress under 'My Stash' then 'My Stats'.
When ready, head back to the main menu and select 'Travel to New Mountain'. There is a new area (Snowbird) unlocked, so travel to it!
MOUNTAIN 2/7 - SNOWBIRD
WILBERE RIDGE - LOWER CHIPS, WHO DUNNIT, STICKY FINGERS, RAILMAKER, PERUVIAN LIFT, TOLMAN'S DROP, SPELLBOUND, WILBERE LIFT
LOWER BALDY - SOFT ENTICING PILLOWS, VIRGIN POWDER, LOWER CHUTES, LOWER BALDY
TRAM - CHIPS RUN, NITRO SELLOUT, CARDIO RODEO, HIDDEN PEAK, SILVER FOX
MOUNT BALDY - HIGH BALDY TRAVERSE, BLOOD-LOSS SLED TOSS, LONG BOY, DOJO MOJO, MOUNT BALDY, TRAIL OF THE VIPER
Impress all bystanders to earn
Impress the required number of bystanders in each area of Snowbird to Own the Mountain.
Complete all story missions to unlock the next mountain and earn
Finish Act II of the story to unlock Valle Nevado.
MOUNTAIN 3/7 - VALLE NEVADO
Valle Nevado Bystanders
RESORT - ANDES EXPRESS, EL MIRADOR, ESCONDIDA, EL PRADO, EL VAIVEN
THE PEAK - TOP SLIDE, INCA JET, MOUNTAIN TOP, PEAK KING
BACKCOUNTRY - ACCIDENTS WILL HAPPEN, TAIL SPIN, LADECO ESPECIAL, THE GORGE, BACK COUNTRY AIR
Impress all bystanders to earn
Impress the required number of bystanders in each area of Valle Nevado to Own the Mountain.
Complete all story missions to earrn
Finish Act III of the story by rescuing Weiner Boy and gaining access to the secret C.A.I. area.
MOUNTAIN 4/7 - LAAX
LAAX - BURTON SELLOUT, TREE BRIDGE, ON THE RAAX, AIR SICK, ABSINTHE FILMS SHOOT
Impress all bystanders to earn
Impress the required number of bystanders in each area of Laax to Own the Mountain.
MOUNTAIN 5/7 - AVORIAZ
AVORIAZ - DEJA VIEW, PARC DE TRIOMPHE, BAG IT, METHOD MAG DVD SHOOT, SKI SNOBS
Complete all story missions to earn
Finish Act IV of the story by rescuing the rest of the crew.
MOUNTAIN 6/7 - ZUGSPITZE
ZUGSPITZE - HERR RAISER, GNOME MAN'S LAND, MACK DAWG SHOOT, BOARDER BLITZ, RAIL MEISTER, KEISER ROLL, ZUGSPITZE PEAK
MOUNTAIN 7/7 - DC MTN LAB
DC Mtn Lab Bystanders
DC MTN LAB - MONT BLOCK, STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN, BONK, BRONCO BUSTER, NATURAL HIGH SCORE, AU NATURAL, LITTLE BIGGIE, MAIN STREET DRAG
Impress all bystanders to earn
Impress the required number of bystanders in each area of DC to Own the Mountain.
Complete the final story mission to earn
Congratulations! You defeated the Baron!
Now "all" that you have left to do is complete every side mission. Once you have ANY medal in all of them you will earn
Earn any Medal for ALL challenges and media callouts.
And once you have a gold medal in all of them, you will gain your final achievement
Earn a Gold Medal for ALL challenges and media callouts.
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