Hard to believe it's already June, and while spring camps continue on glaciers and snow-rich resorts around the Northern Hemisphere, now is also the time when things start to get snowy down under, and many
FIS Spring meetings and calendar conference wrap up in Dubrovnik (CRO)
We passed an important marker on the road to the 2019/20 competition season last week, as the FIS spring meetings and calendar conference took place last week in beautfiul Dubrovnik (CRO). In the coming days we'll have more info on some of the developments in regards to rule changes and other proposals that took place there in Croatia, but for now we present to you the 2019/20 FIS World Cup and continent cup calendars.
While these are subject to change, with some additions expected to the World Cup calendar in the coming weeks, at this point there are 29 different venues in 13 countries on four continents slated to host FIS Snowboard World Cup competitions in 2019/20 - including brand new World Cup stops in Bannoye (RUS), Dusseldorf (GER), Big White (CAN), and Piancavallo (ITA). Everything will be kicking off at the first competition of the season in Cardrona (NZL) from Aug 24-25, 2019.
Several riders honoured at Snow Awards in Japan
The Japanese team had quite the year in Park and Pipe competition in 2018/19, and this past week several of their riders were honoured at the Snow Awards which took place in Shibuya on May 26, with 2018/19 halfpipe crystal globe winner Yuto Totsuka, young gun Ruka Hirano, Sena Tomita, and Kurumi Imai all walking away with a nice piece of hardware for their efforts this season.
Canada, Austria announce 2019/20 team nominations
Many nations are announcing their national development teams for next season, with the Canadians and the Austrians being two of the most recent to do so.
The Canadian Park & Pipe national team continues to be one of the heaviest in snowboarding, featuring the likes of Mark McMorris, Sebastian Toutant, Spencer O'Brien, Laurie Blouin, and others, while their NextGen team made big strides establishing themselves as ones to watch on the World Cup tour last season. Check out the story on their blog, HERE.
The Austrian announcement, meanwhile, includes nominations for all the World Cup snowboard events, from big air to parallel, with big air and slopestyle titan Anna Gasser standing tallest amongst them, along with the riders from the strong alpine squad such as Benny Karl and Daniela Ulbing, and men's 2018/19 SBX crystal globe winner Alessandro Haemmerle. Check out their full list HERE.
USA's Alex Diebold launches podcast
Always a thoughtful and engaged member of the FIS Snowboard family, US SBX national team member and Sochi 2014 Olympic SBX bronze medallist Alex Deibold has recently launched his own podcast, where he's sitting down with athletes from the world of snowboarding and beyond. In his first full-length episode he caught up with his teammate and Sierra Nevada 2017 SBX team world champion Hagen Kearney. Good stuff and definitely worth a listen, so check it out HERE.
Australia and New Zealand resorts kick of southern hemisphere season
Mount Buller, Perisher, and Selwyn Snow Resort all opened early this past weeked in Australia, after a cold and snowy finish to May Down Under. Meanwhile, over in New Zealand, Cardrona opened on schedule on June 1st, and with some snowfall forecast later this week it's looking like a decent opening for the venue set to host the first World Cup of the 2019/20 season.
US Snowboard wraps up spring camps in Mammoth
And they left us with one last fun little edit to close 'er out...
Chloe Kim unveils new cross training programme
And, finally, we check in with reigning Olympic halfpipe gold medallist Chloe Kim, who seems to have recovered well from ankle surgery and is currently working on her parkour skills in an effort to diversify her cross training program...