On the snowboard cross World Cup tour that features a long list of picturesque stops, Austria's Montafon region is perhaps the prettiest of them all.
Once home to the great writer Ernest Hemingway (who wrote several short stories about his skiing experiences in Montafon, some of which are published in his famous collection A Moveable Feast), the area sometimes referred to as the the Blue Silvretta due to its surrounding peaks and glaciers proved itself to be an exceptional addition to the World Cup tour.
It's the sixth consecutive year now that Montafon is hosting a snowboard World Cup event. And it's the fifth time that a stop of the snowboard cross World Cup tour will be staged on the Seebliga on Hochjoch.
However, things are slightly different in the 2017-18 season as the third stop of the tour is also part of the new Cross Alps series, a tour within the World Cup tour also featuring races in Val Thorens (FRA) and Cervinia (ITA) - with the latter one still to be confirmed.
But besides some thrilling head-to-head action on a purpose-built course with great view for the audience at site, there is even more excitement taking place in the valley.
Like the years before, Local Organisers are proud to not only welcome the world's finest snowboard cross racers to compete in the season's opener but also to round out everything with a music line-up making the sole SBX stop in Austria an event not to be missed.
For further information on the line-up and tickets prices click here.
|2012||Dominique Maltais (CAN)||Omar Visintin (ITA)||SBX||Heat of 4|
|2012||Ramberger/Moll (AUT)||Kearney/Holland (USA)||BXT||Heat of 4|
|2013||Eva Samkova (CZE)||Markus Schairer (AUT)||SBX||Heat of 6|
|2013||Brutto/Moioli (ITA)||Schad/Berg (GER)||BXT||Heat of 4|
|2014||Sabine Schoeffmann (AUT)||Roland Fischnaller (ITA)||PSL||single run|
|2014||Nadya Ochner (ITA)||Roland Fischnaller (ITA)||PSL||Team Event|
|2015||Nelly Moenne Loccoz (FRA)||Alessandro Haemmerle (AUT)||SBX||Heat of 4|
|2015||Moenne Loccoz/Trespeuch (FRA)||Vaultier/Ramoin (FRA)||BXT||Heat of 4|
|2016||Belle Brockhoff (AUS)||Hagen Kearney (USA)||SBX||Heat of 4|
|2016||Moenne Loccoz/Trespeuch (FRA)||Hernandez/Eguibar (ESP)||BXT||Heat of 4|
The 2011/12 winter season opened with a spectacular new addition: Nova and Hochjoch are now connected by the Grasjoch Bahn and the Hochalpila Bahn, two state-of-the-art gondola lifts. This made Silvretta Montafon the largest skiing area in the Austrian state of Vorarlberg – so snowboarders now have an even wider choice of slopes and can really make the most of the Alpine experience.
As well as the Hochjoch Totale and the Black Scorpions runs, more advanced riders can now carve their way down the Montafon Totale and the off-piste runs at Kuhtäli.
For more leisurely snowboarders, the Montafoner Höhenrausch is the perfect way to discover all the best viewpoints in the new skiing area.
Tim Watter's Olympic dreams have been shattered by an accident.
Chloe Trespeuch and Nelly Moenne Loccoz from France as well as Spanish riders Regino Hernandez and Lucas Eguibar have successfully defended their 2016 Montafon title in the SXB World Cup tour's first team event of the 2017-18 season which took place on Sunday.
Michela Moioli (ITA) and Jarryd Hughes (AUS) have brought home their respective first win of the season triumphing in this winter's fourth individual race of the SBX World Cup tour which was staged in Montafon, Austria today.
Following another injury suffered during the training for the Val Thorens World Cup race a few days ago, Australian top racer Belle Brockhoff has decided to head back home for recovery.
With the season's opener in Argentina already dating back more than three months, it's finally time for the snowboard cross stars to strap in again and to compete in back-to-back races as the World Cup tour returns to Europe with stops in Val Thorens and Montafon this week.
Thanks to Mother Hulda and the artificial snowmaking this season's third stop of the SBX World Cup tour in Montafon, Austria is safe.