Snowboard Cross specialists ready for second round

Lake Louise with debut as Snowboard World Cup host

18 December 2013 09:29
Lake Louise is ready for some SBX action
Lake Louise is ready for some SBX action -
FIS

With the season's opening in Montafon in the books, the Snowboard Cross World Cup takes on the second round with a real highlight. After 20 years of experience in the alpine skiing circuit, Lake Louise is part of the Snowboard World Cup calender for the first time.

After 20 years of experience in the alpine skiing circuit, Lake Louise is part of the Snowboard World Cup calender for the first time. December 20 and 21 will bring this season's second single SBX event on a well-known slope.

Just a few weeks ago, the ski racers burned down where the snowboard cross event will be staged in the Canadian winter sport resort.

Top course by to builder

With the help of Local Organisers, two-time Olympic course builder Jeff Ihaksi (CAN) has put together a 1,100 metres long course peppered with about 30 features.

Starting at ‘Timing flats' the course goes through ‘Juniper Jungle', past ‘Double Trouble’ and into ‘Claire’s Corner’ before winding down to the base area below the downhill finish corral.

Impressive line-up

The strong and big field features once again the world's best competing for both, Olympic spots as well as points in the race for the Crystal Globe.

World Cup leaders Eva Samkova (CZE) and Markus Schairer (AUT) strive to extend their lead in the current ranking while others hope to wipe out their bad start to the season.

2010 Olympic Champion Maelle Ricker (CAN) should be back to business having recovered from her mild concussion suffered in Montafon while reigning World Champion Alex Pullin (AUS) is pumped for his first contest after missing out the opener due to a stiff back.

All-time podium threat Pierre Vaultier (FRA) is estimated to tackle the Lake Louise course seethed with anger after he didn't make the qualifier cut and thus didn't earn his spot for the knock out heats of the finals for the first time since March 2006 (Furano, Japan).

You can check the current World Cup standings here.

Time schedule Lake Louise World Cup:

Click here for some detailed time schedule of the snowboard cross event in Alberta.

The 2014 FIS Snowboard Cross World Cup – One Tour, One Champion

The 2014 FIS Snowboard Cross World Cup consists of eight competitions on top courses all over the world, featuring both individual and team competitions – always focused on the goal of delivering quality over quantity.

Each course is purpose-built with freestyle-based features such as big table-top jumps, wu-tangs, step-ups, step-downs, rollers and banked turns that provide several opportunities to overtake.

Depending on the venue, the course features are built to accommodate spectacular four or six rider heats and to provide intense head-to-head, fast-paced action.

The FIS Snowboard Cross World Cup is the only tour of its kind and fully supported by both riders and teams.

The global circuit features the world's best female and male athletes at every World Cup stop, including World Champions and Olympic medallists who are fighting to become the overall champions of the season.