Jamboree goes 100% urban

28 September 2015 10:58
Quebec City has played a major role in developing in-city big air events!
Quebec City has played a major role in developing in-city big air events! -
Renaud Philippe

After 16 years of organising FIS World Cup events, the 2013 FIS SNowboard World Championship and 10 editions of the famous snowboard festival, the Jamboree presented by Vidéotron Mobile undergoes a makeover!

Local organizers have decided to focus on the urban appeal of the sport by hosting the whole event downtown Québec.

Running from February 12 to 14, 2016, at Québec City’s Îlot Fleurie, the Jamboree will feature this season's fourth stop of the FIS Big Air World Cup tour.

Maxence Parrot is in!
And with still more than four months to go to the show, first athletes have already signed in. On the side of Québec athletes, 2014 Olympian Maxence Parrot has already confirmed his presence. The 2014 X-Games winner in both, slopestyle and big air ,who also ranked 5th in slopestyle at Sotchi is thrilled to compete at the Jamboree:

"I’m happy to confirm that I will be in Québec for the World Cup, and even more happy to be able to bring my big air expertise to the organizers," said Parrot. The rider from Bromont will be collaborating with the organizing committee with regards to the big air’s construction plans. Home-grown rider Audrey McManiman will also take part in the competition for a second year in a row.

Québec, a pioneer in Big Air competitions
Since 2009, Québec has been a pillar of Big Air events by hosting big air World Cups for seven straight years in Québec City, plus two more editions in 2002 and 2003 in Stoneham.

"Québec has made a tremendous contribution to the development of this sport and to its admission to the Olympic Games," explained FIS Assistant Race Director Roberto Moresi.

This year, the event takes place as fourth of the tour directly following up the Boston World Cup stop. "With the international schedule being very busy, and with the introduction of big air to the Olympic Games, we chose to focus our efforts on a single event, the big air World Cup." stated Patrice Drouin, president of Gestev.

Program to come
As Local Organisers also want to include a Freeski World Cup stop next season, the 3-day event will also include some freeski action. As a result, the Snowboard Jamboree will now be simply called the Jamboree.

The complete program will be released in the next months. Details to come via www.snowjamboree.com.