Industry and event happenings
One of the most anticipated weeks on any self-respecting snowboarder’s calendar is upon us, as once again a heavy collection of the world’s best riders have descended upon Switzerland for the legendary Laax Open, where the 2020/21 FIS Snowboard slopestyle and halfpipe World Cup seasons will finally get underway.
Impression from the second training session at the Laax Open 2021 FIS Snowboard slopestyle World Cup, on January 18, 2021.
For the Parkrats of Schladming Christmas Eve 2020 was a very special one as there was an exciting present hidden under the Christmas Tree. The Superpark Planai & the Funslope opened their doors on the 24th of December, just in time for some Christmas and NYE holiday shreds. Freeskiers and Snowboarders could make the best out of 2020 and enjoy the last two weeks of this very interesting year lapping the Park. 2021 is packed with hope and the crew around the Superpark Planai want to welcome you with a very creative and fun Park-setup!
Felix Widnig (AUT) at Superpark Planai, Schladming, Austria.
The LAAX OPEN 2021 takes place from 19-23 January 2021, kicking off the FIS Snowboard World Cup Tour 2020/2021 in the disciplines Slopestyle and Halfpipe and is endowed with 140,000 CHF prize money. Top-notch, action-pumped sport and lots of excitement are guaranteed at the contests taking place around the Crap Sogn Gion in the women's and men's competitions. This year, audiences can only follow Europe's most renowned snowboard contest in the media.
Pictured: Maddie Mastro during LAAX OPEN 2020.
The season start of the 8th Zillertal VÄLLEY RÄLLEY hosted by Blue Tomato and Ride Snowboards will be postponed to the end of February 2021. Under the aegis of the Ästhetiker crew, the VÄLLEY RÄLLEY unites four events for up-and-coming snowboard talents under the roof of the Zillertal. All four tour stops will go down in different Zillertal snowparks, always with one day of coaching and a slopestyle competition day. The new kick-off date is now the 27th and 28th of February, 2021 at the Penken Park in Mayrhofen-Hippach Zillertal.
Action from Stop #3 of 2019/20 Zillertal VÄLLEY RÄLLEY snowboard tour at Penken Park, Mayrhofen, Austria, in March 2020.
The 2020/21 FIS Snowboard Park & Pipe World Cup finally got underway on Saturday and did so in a huge way, with a remarkable big air competition going down under near-perfect conditions in Kreischberg (AUT), where Zoi Sadowski-Synott (NZL) and Max Parrot (CAN) walked away the winners from a heavy-hitting competition.
Max Parrot (CAN) wins FIS Snowboard Big Air World Cup event in Kreischberg, Austria, on January 9, 2021.
The tune-in schedule for the 20th consecutive X Games Aspen at Buttermilk Mountain is now available at XGames.com. After most major sporting events were put on hold following X Games Norway 2020, athletes will return to the world’s premier action sports competition from January 29-31, televised with live coverage on ESPN, ESPN2, ABC and X Games digital channels. The world’s best will battle it out for a podium spot in Ski and Snowboard competitions.
Jesse Paul wins Snowboard Rail Jam during X Games Aspen 2020, at Buttermilk Mountain, Aspen, Colorado, USA, January 26.
2020 is coming to an end. And even though no one will miss this year, the end of it brings something amazing: snow! The mountains of Mayrhofen in the Zillertal have been covered in white gold over and over again in the last few weeks and left us dreaming of an early start of the season in the Penken Park.
Always good times for Werni Stock & Alex Walch at the Penken Park Mayrhofen in Austria.
There’s a XL snowpark right in the wintersport heart of Austria that’s called Kitzbühel. And who thought that Kitzbühel is only about alpine skiing is proven wrong. After all, five areas filled with kickers, jibs and multi features will still everyone’s hunger for freestyle. On top, two well-known events will be the cherry on this seasons cake.
Snowpark Kitzbühel is always ready for some serious freestyle action. Picture taken in February 2019.
Even though Covid-19 makes things more difficult and uncertain regarding the coming winter season, one thing should give hope to all shredqueens who can’t wait for the season to start: The Girls Shred Sessions will be back – with smaller groups, an exclusive coaching atmosphere and good vibes only.
QParks Girls Shred Session at Snowpark Ehrwalder Alm in March 2019.
The Black Yeti wants to reassure everyone that he has many programs for 2021 among the snowboard, freeski and skate projects, but the Covid health emergency does not allow to communicate precise info for the first months of 2021. Despite this, there's some confirmed and some postponed events that can be viewed in the World Rookie Tour's online calendar.
The 15th edition of World Rookie Fest in Livigno, at Mottolino Snowpark, Italy, on January 14, 2020. Pictured: Mia Brooks (GBR) who finished 1st in Grom Girls category that year.
The Natural Selection Tour, the first winter sports tour to showcase the world’s top riders, from Olympians to big mountain film icons, competing on the planet’s most exciting natural and naturally-enhanced terrain; debuts live exclusively on Red Bull TV from Jackson Hole Mountain Resort this February 3-9. The Tour’s inaugural season will also include stops at Baldface Lodge, British Columbia and Tordrillo Mountain Lodge, Alaska. The top finishers will go head-to-head in Alaska, where the best men’s and women’s all-mountain freestyle riders will be crowned in late March.
Travis Rice rides the 'Pillow Line' in the Kootenay Valley of British Colombia, Canada, on 2 March, 2019.
Since years, this park has been one of the highlights in the Bernese Alps, not only because of the impressive mountain-giants surrounding it: Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau. The SKYLINE SNOWPARK will once again be the cherry on top of this breathtaking scenery and is prepared with a massive setup and many new obstacles to surprise.
Good fun times at Skyline Snowpark Schilthorn.
With a new tour schedule the Zillertal VÄLLEY RÄLLEY hosted by Blue Tomato and Ride Snowboards will be starting in January 2021 into the 8th round at Zillertal Arena. As every year, the popular snowboard tour attracts many international snowboarders to travel to Zillertal. Under the aegis of the Ästhetiker crew, four tourstops will be on the schedule for 2020/2021. The events will go down in four different Zillertal snowparks, always with one day of coaching and training and a slopestyle competition day.
On 19 January 2021, the freestyle snowboarding professionals will kick off the World Cup circuit in the Slopestyle and Halfpipe disciplines with the LAAX OPEN. It’s the first international contest of the season in a pre-Olympic winter and it’s all about quota spots, snowboarding at the highest level and prestigious titles. In addition, the LAAX OPEN is considered a favourite contest for many riders.
Katie Ormerod during last year's LAAX OPEN at Laax Snowpark, Switzerland, January 2020.
While we enter an extended wait for the next FIS World Cup competitions of the Park & Pipe and Freeski seasons, it's encouraging to see some FIS-level competitions taking place - or on track to take place - at sites around Europe as the winter picks up momentum.
The women's Glacier 3000 snowboard slopestyle podium.
With four tour stops, the Zillertal VÄLLEY RÄLLEY hosted by Blue Tomato & Ride Snowboards toured from one Zillertal snowpark to the next in 2019/2020. Always followed by a great bunch of up-and-coming, international snowboarding talents, the 7th edition of Zillertal´s infamous freestyle snowboard tour has become an important happening for competitive snowboarders from all over Europe. After the great finals had to be postponed from April, the overall tour winners were finally crowned new Kings and Queens of the VÄLLEY after the last tour stop on Hintertux Glacier in October 2020.
Vanessa Volopichova (CZE) competes at stop #1 of 2019/20 Zillertal VÄLLEY RÄLLEY Tour hosted by Blue Tomato & Ride Snowboard, at Betterpark Hochzillertal, Hochzillertal / Kaltenbach, Austria, December 22, 2019.
Someone said: “Optimism is the best way to see life”, and Black Yeti is highly optimistic! That is why we want to announce dates and locations for the 2021 World Rookie Tour Big Finals, well in advance.
Black Yeti is delighted to announce the upcoming season's calendar including finals for 2021 World Rookie Tour!
The great tour finals of the 7th Zillertal VÄLLEY RÄLLEY hosted by Blue Tomato and Ride Snowboards 2019/2020 went down on October 17th and 18th, 2020 at the Betterpark Hintertux on Hintertux Glacier. The 4th snowboarding slopestyle contest of Zillertal´s most popular snowboard series 2019/2020 was not only about medals and day podiums, but also about the crowning of the overall tour winners, the new Kings and Queens of the Zillertal VÄLLEY 2019/2020.
Tourstop women's podium at 4th & final stop of 2019/20 Zillertal VÄLLEY RÄLLEY, L-R: 2nd Emma Lantos (AUT) and 1st Federica Sola (ITA), at Betterpark Hintertux, Hintertux Glacier, Tux-Finkenberg, Austria, October 18, 2020.
ESPN and X Games announced today that this Thursday, October 22 will be X Games Shred Hate Day, which focuses on engaging fans, athletes and partners across the world through social and digital engagement in order to raise awareness about choosing kindness during Bullying Prevention Month.
X Games' Shred Hate pledge.
The first snow is here! Kitzsteinhorn at Zell am See-Kaprun, Austria, enters the 2020/21 winter season with an action-packed freestyle and freeride offer. The ski resort opened on 4 October, and now Glacier Park invites riders to shred the first set-up of the winter!
On October 17th and 18th, 2020, the great tour finals of the 7. Zillertal VÄLLEY RÄLLEY hosted by Blue Tomato and Ride Snowboards 2019/2020 will go down at Betterpark Hintertux. Some of Europe´s best up-and-coming snowboard talents have already been spottet training at Hintertux Glacier. Everyone is now looking forward to earn the last points at the 4th and final tour stop of Zillertal´s most poplular snowboard amateur series next weekend. Beside the day podiums, the overall tour winners 2019/2020 will finally be crowned new Kings and Queens of the VÄLLEY in Tux-Finkenberg.
Competition day at the finals of 2018/19 Zillertal VÄLLEY RÄLLEY tour, at Betterpark Hintertux on Hintertux Glacier, Austria, April 2019.
The LAAX OPEN, Europe’s long-standing and number one snowboarding event, is scheduled for 19-23 January 2021. International snowboard pro riders will take part in the Slopestyle and Halfpipe disciplines in the World Cup on Crap Sogn Gion, where they will demonstrate top-class freestyle skills and vie for points, prize money and prestige.
Pictured: Red Gerard (USA) finished 2nd in men's slopestyle competition at LAAX OPEN 2020.
With snow falling over the weekend across the Northern Hemisphere there's only one thing on everyone's mind, Winter! With winter on the horizon that can only mean one thing; the return of the Freeride World Tour! The world’s best freeriders will be back charging hard for the world title in a brand-new format with the announcement of the Freeride World Tour (FWT) 2021 calendar.
In December 2020, the Zillertal VÄLLEY RÄLLEY hosted by Blue Tomato and Ride Snowboards will be starting into the 8th round. As every year, the popular snowboard tour attracts many international snowboarders to travel to Zillertal. Under the aegis of the Ästhetiker crew, four tourstops will be on the schedule for 2020/2021. The events will go down in four different Zillertal snowparks, always with one day of coaching and training and a slopestyle competition day. This season´s series will be kicking off just before Christmas with the first tourstop on December 19th and 20th at Hochzillertal-Kaltenbach.