After an exciting weekend of FIS Snowboard Alpine World Cup action in Cortina d’Ampezzo, the tour has jumped over the pass for the third straight PGS competition of the season set to go down on Thursday in Carezza.
This will be the ninth-straight season for Carezza to host World Cup competition, and the scenic resort never fails to impress, offering a perfectly-prepared north-facing race piste and large crowds on hand to see the best racers in snowboarding go head-to-head.
Worth mentioning is the fact that event organisers are keen to highlight their venue's eco-conscious efficiency in a location that has been long designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Carezza features a state-of-the-art snowmaking system that is capable of covering the entire ski area to a workable depth in just 80 hours. And, with an ideal slope situation and careful maintanence, suitable snow conditions are able to last until March or early April.
On top of this, the snow making system is fed by a purpose-built basin which Carezza states is “the largest, most modern and environmentally friendly in South Tyrol,". An automatic system ensures the snow cannons can be more efficient and therefore consume less energy, with 200 snow cannons spread around the 40 kilometres of black, red and blue slopes, terrain park and three children's ski parks, which are all serviced by 14 ski lifts. To find out more about Carezza gearing up for “green” World Cup see HERE.
Among those athletes worth keeping an eye on Thursday, count on PGS World Cup leaders Ramona Theresa Hofmeister of Germany and Italy’s own Rolland Fischnaller, who are both coming straight off back-to-back victories in Bannoye and Cortina d’Ampezzo.
Also to watch out for are Selina Joerg (GER), Jenny Ladina (SUI) and Claudia Riegler (AUT) on the women’s side and Sangho Lee (KOR), Igor Sluev (RUS), Mirko Felicetti (ITA) and Benjamin Karl (AUT), with all of afore-mentioned athletes finishing on the PGS podium thus far in 2019/20.
Finally let’s not forget about last year’s Carezza winners Nadya Ochner (ITA) and Tim Mastnak (SLO), both of whom know how to shine on the “Pra ti Tori” piste and will be repeats of last year’s performances on Thursday.
The opening ceremony in Carezza is scheduled for the evening of Wednesday December 18, while on Thursday morning there will be the qualification and seeding runs, before finals of the FIS Snowboard PGS World Cup for both women and men take place on Thursday afternoon at 13:00 CET.
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