(ISN) – For the third consecutive year, Big White Ski Resort will host the IPC Para-snowboard World Cup, from January 17th to the 19th, 2015. This is the first event in Canada following the sport’s debut in the Sochi 2014 Paralympics.
Highlights of the weekends’ events will feature Canadian Paralympians Michelle Salt and John Leslie who are confirmed to take on Paralympic gold medalists Evan Strong (USA) and Bibian Mentel (Netherlands).
Para-snowboarding is an exciting and growing sport. Para-snowboard competitors’ elite athleticism and technical skills are a thrill to watch.
At the World Cup event at Big White Ski Resort, athletes will compete in two disciplines; snowboardcross and banked slalom. Snowboardcross showcases two riders racing head to head at speeds in excess of 50km/hour down a technical course which features rollers, jumps, banked turns and tabletops. The fastest rider to cross the finish line in each heat advances to the next round until the final heat determines the winner. Banked slalom is a timed event much like skiing slalom, where riders race one at a time but utilizes banked turns on an undulating course that follows the natural terrain.
The 2015 Para-snowboard World Cup is organized by BC Snowboard Association, and sanctioned by Canada Snowboard, Canadian Paralympic Committee and the International Paralympic Committee. The organizing committee would like to thank the host mountain Big White Ski Resort, and the Government of Canada for their ongoing support for Para-snowboarding.