Snowboard season continues

04 December 2013 22:20
Action of 4 at the snowboard cross race at Montafon 2012
Action of 4 at the snowboard cross race at Montafon 2012 -
FIS/Oliver Kraus

With a positive snow-control, everything is set for the 2014 winter's second World Cup stop at Montafon (AUT) on 6th-8th December 2013.

After the FIS Snowboard World Cup season officially got underway at the end of August with a halfpipe and slopestyle event in Cardrona (NZL), it is now time for the snowboard cross athletes to take centre stage competing in the first Northern Hemisphere event.

The race weekend, staged on a brand new course at the Seebliga built by Olympic shaper Anders Forsell (SWE), also marks the first test for the riders who will be pushing hard to score top results in their quest to qualify for the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi

With more than 100 riders, including 2010 Olympic and 2013 World Champion Maelle Ricker (CAN) as well as 2011 and 2013 World Champion Alex Pullin (AUS) plus last season's Montafon champions Dominique Maltais (CAN) and Omar Visintin (ITA), the field is deep, strong and hungry for success.

While the snowboard cross elite will meet in the Vorarlberg region, some of world's finest alpine snowboarders will test their form at the Europa Cup at Hochfügen, Tyrol.

The first race board events in Europe follow four North-American Cups which were hosted at Copper Mountain, Colorado (USA), a few weeks ago.

The two parallel giant slaloms are the perfect preparation for the Alpine Snowboarding World Cup opener at Carezza (ITA) which will take place on 13th-14th December, on the same weekend as the season's second halfpipe World Cup which will be staged at Ruka (FIN) on 12th-13th December 2013.