Freestyle Snowboard World Cup season continues with LAAX OPEN

15 January 2017 09:00
Ayumu Hirano going big in the famous Laax superpipe
Ayumu Hirano going big in the famous Laax superpipe -
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With the Kreischberg slopestyle World Cup opener in the books, the snowboard freestyle tour continues in Laax (SUI) with one of Europe's most important events: the LAAX OPEN.

From January 16 to 21 this season's second event for both, slopestyle and halfpipe is on the programme.

It's the second time that the snowboard freestyle driven resort hosts a World Cup stop with the so far sole event dating back to December 2002.

More than 14 years later, Laax is finally back on the map bringing together some 200 athletes including icons, tons of pros as well as up-and-coming talents to showcase their tricks and style on the Crap Sogn Gion mountain.

The field is led by 20016 LAAX OPEN winners Ayumu Hirano (JPN) and Mark McMorris (CAN) whilst also featuring the likes of Olympic champions Jamie Anderson (USA) and Iouri Podladtchikov (SUI).

Mark McMorris won the 2016 LAAX OPEN slopestyle contest

Mark McMorris is aiming for a a back-to-back win at the LAAX OPEN slopestyle contest

The slopestyle finals are slated to take place on January 20 at 12:45 PM CET with the halfpipe finals scheduled for Saturday 1 PM CET.

Both finals will be staged in a three run, best one count format.

All start and result lists can be found online.