For the second time in a row, the Montafon region is hosting a FIS Snowboard World Cup. After Lech am Arlberg organised a perfect double snowboard cross event three years ago, Schruns has taken over the show last winter.
At its debut, a normal snowboard cross race as well as a team event took place at the Seebliga on Hochjoch - despite heavy snow fall and fog over the whole event weekend.
For the 2014 season the same races are planned, one SBX and one BXT.
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 HochjochTotale 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.
Six-time X Games snowboardcross champion Nate Holland (Squaw Valley, CA) underwent successful surgery with Dr. Tom Hackett of the Steadman Clinic Saturday in Vail for a fractured clavicle.
Raffaella Brutto and Michela Moioli (ITA) as well as Paul Berg and Konstantin Schad (GER) clinched the season's first team snowboard cross race of the FIS Snowboard World Cup which was staged in Montafon, Austria.
Eva Samková (CZE) and Markus Schairer (AUT) have won the first snowboard cross of the 2014 FIS World Cup season in Montafon.
Today's qualification day for the season's first snowboard cross World Cup event was all about struggling with the weather. A struggle the men won, the women not - due to several delays over the course of the day.
Riders were stoked about the course and the conditions, while one big name of the scene is back after more than four years.