Despite some above-average temperatures that have hindered snowmaking efforts in recent weeks, a change in weather over the weekend and a favourable forecast through the week means that today a positive snow control assessment has been made and the green light given to the FIS Freeski and Snowboard World Cup Visa Big Air presented by Toyota at Steamboat Resort (USA).
Teams are slated to arrive in Steamboat early next week, with the first official day of training set for Tuesday, 30 November for both the freeskiers and snowboarders. Snowboard qualifications are scheduled for next Thursday, freeski qualifications for Friday, and both freeski and snowboard finals slated to go down on Saturday, 4 December.
Steamboat will be the second and final big air competition of the 2021/22 calendar for both the freeski and snowboard World Cups. A new venue for this season, Steamboat maintains US Ski & Snowboard's tradition of hosting one of the season's marquee big air events on a year-in, year-out basis. The Steamboat competition will be an especially important one for the host squad, as it marks the lone big air tryout event for US athletes looking to make their Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games roster.
Immediately following the Steamboat competition we will be staying on in Colorado for the first halfpipe World Cup competitions of the season at Copper Mountain Resort from 8-11 December.