Monday, February 14, 2011

Stoneham waits for the Snowboard World Cup

After the first ever World Cup in China, the LG Snowboard FIS World Cup will continue in Canada. From February 17th till 20th, a total of four events are scheduled in Quebec and Stoneham. Besides a Snowboard Cross, a Halfpipe contest and a Parallel Giant Slalom, the first World Cup title winner will be crowned after the season’s last Big Air.
"The World Cup race in Stoneham is always one that I look forward to competing in. The course is challenging and there is energy around the hill. This year will be even more fun and historic as I am thinking this may be the last season racing", said current leader of the World Cup local snowboarder Dominique Maltais. "I am really excited to have the opportunity to race at home. I am having a great World Cup season so far, and will be looking to give my all in front of my fans at Stoneham".
Stoneham, Quebec, has a long history as a World Cup host with the first competitions being held in the resort in December 2002. But it is a special mixture which makes this stop at the mountain located within a 30 min drive from Quebec City so tradition-rich. Since the 2007-2008 season, Stoneham organises the Snowjamboree Festival which brings everything together what snowboarding is all about. Lifestyle, fashion, music, youth and sport - all in a whole package make the tour's stop in Quebec a memorable one where all the riders love to come back to.
A total of 39 trails of which the half also form the largest network for night skiing and snowboarding in Canada are covering 326 acres on four mountains. However, for the World Cup competitions, only one is needed which provides all, the snowboard cross course, the parallel giant slope course and right in between, a 22-foot superpipe which is equipped with flood light making night finals possible. In addition, an average annual snowfall of 420 centimetres and a high performance snow making system make this winter resort snow secure.
Since two seasons, also a Big Air contest is staged in urban scenery. Between the ramp and the exit of highway 440, which is closed for traffic during the competition day, a massive ramp is built forming the perfect set-up for breathing taking snowboard action in front of some 20,000 spectators right in the heart of Quebec City.

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