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17 November 2016 16:36
The Pra di Tori slope will host the season's kick off for the fifth time
The Pra di Tori slope will host the season's kick off for the fifth time -
Local OC

With less than a month to go till the new season of the alpine snowboard World Cup tour kicks off, Carezza has started to count backwards.

On December 15, the world's best raceboarders will celebrate their kick-off into the world championships winter with a tradition-rich parallel giant slalom.

Since December 2012, the South Tyrolean ski resort is playing host to the first parallel race of the season. In total, it's the sixth time, riders will descend on Italy to battle for World Cup points on the Pra di Tori slope.

While Austrian athletes have triumphed most so far, local riders like Roland Fischnaller (wins in 2011 and 2014), Nadya Ochner (third last year) and Christoph Mick (sixth last year) have also been able to showcase their skills a few times with the sole race on home turf playing a special role in their calendar.

“This race is – besides the world champs – my season's main highlight”, explains Welschnofen local Christoph Mick. “It stands for some good action, and I hope we will have a lot of spectators again next month.”

While the official training is scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday, December 13 and 14, the qualifiers are slated to take place on Thursday, December 15, at 9 AM CET and 1 PM CET, respectively.