Kayseri celebrated its debut as a World Cup host last season facing some very tough conditions as racers had to deal with some very heavy fog during the competition.
However, looking back on a successful World Cup event back in February 2016 and two parallel slalom events of the 2015 Europa Cup tour, Local Organisers are ready for another highlight.
The parallel giant slalom staged on the Kültepe slope is the fourth and last of the 2016-17 alpine snowboard World Cup season and therefore serves as showdown for the race for the Crystal Globe in the PGS Cup standings (March 4, 2017) - and also as last test before all athletes travel to Spain to fight for gold, silver and bronze at the 12th FIS Snowboard World Championships scheduled from March 7 till 19, 2017 in Sierra Nevada, Spain.
|2016||Ester Ledecka (CZE)||Andreas Prommegger (AUT)||PGS||single run|
|2017||Ester Ledecka (CZE)||Andreas Prommegger (AUT)||PGS||single run|
Located at the foot of the extinct volcano Mount Erciyes that towers 3,916 m over the city it's explicable that the actual venue site is the Erciyes Ski Centre situated on the West face of the highest mountain in Central Anatolia.
The resort itself might be small as compared to international standards but offers already a total of some 45 km of skiing slopes between 1,800 to 3,000 metres in altitude as well as the longest chair lift operated in Turkey.
In addition, local authorities share the dream of converting the mountain into a new Davos and extend the trail map up to 160 km of interconnected slopes making the Ercyies Ski Centre the largest non-stop skiing area of Turkey.
While Ledecka and Prommegger repeat their last season's triumph on the Turkish volcano, Zavarzina and Yankov celebrate their first discipline World Cup titles.
The World Cup season's final PGS race staged in Erciyes-Kayseri (TUR) has been interrupted due to heavy fog after the visibility got too poor to guarantee a safe and fair competition.
The last PGS race of the World Cup season is also the final form check for the athletes before descending on Spain to compete in the 12th FIS Snowboard World Championships.
The FIS Council held its spring Meetings during the FIS Congress Week in Cancun (MEX) from 6th-11th June. One of the main topics was the confirmation of the official calendar: here is a quick overview of the 2016-17 FIS Snowboard World Cup season.
Ester Ledecka (CZE) and Andreas Prommegger (AUT) came out victorious of this season's last parallel giant slalom World Cup facing tough and foggy weather conditions in Kayseri, Turkey which celebrated its debut as a World Cup host.
With the last stop of the alpine snowboard World Cup tour dating back to end of January, the world's best raceboarders are gearing up for their final events of the 2015-16 season.