Monday, October 27, 2008

LG Snowboard FIS World Cup & European Cup in Saas-Fee

For the 5th time the LG Snowboard FIS World Cup will be held in Saas-Fee. From 28th to 31st of October 2008 more than 130 riders from 22 countries world have shown their skills in the glacier village. Snowboarders compete in the Allalin Freestyle Park, one of the most incredible half pipes in the world: 130-metre long with its steep 5.5 metre high walls at an incredible height of 3300 metres above sea level surrounded by a breathtaking panorama of glaciers and majestic four-thousand-metre peaks. The competitors include Manuela Pesko (Switzerland), Rolf Feldmann (Switzerland), Iouri Podladtchikov (Switzerland), Tore Holvik (Norway), Kjersti Buaas (Norway), Janne Korpi (Finland), Jiayu Liu (China) and many other world-class snowboarders.
A special attraction during the competitions in the glacier village is the so far unique double halfpipe which has been available to athletes in Saas-Fee since 2007. For the first time last year, athletes and the FIS equally got enthusiastic about this facility. Located directly next to the world-cup pipe in Freestyle Park Allalin, the park team has built a second top class training pipe, in which the athletes can warm up, and which is open to the general public also during the competitions. A super innovation for riders and spectators.
Just the week before, from 23rd to 24th October, 180 riders from 20 nations had the possibility to show their skills in the FIS Snowboard European Cup (halfpipe).
Saas-Fee is the main village in the Saastal, one of the most scenically beautiful and diverse valleys in the Valais and in the Alps. This car-free village, nestling amongst glaciers and mountains, with their typical old Valais wooden houses create the perfect setting for winter holidays, deserving of its name "Pearl of the Alps".