IPC Snowboard World Cup kicks off in Big White!


For the fourth consecutive year, Big White Ski Resort will host the IPC Parasnowboard World Cup, alongside the NorAm Championships February 9-13, 2016.

Feb 9:         NorAm Snowboardcross
Feb 10:       World Cup Snowboardcross #1
Feb 11:       World Cup Snowboardcross #2
Feb 12:       NorAm Banked Slalom
Feb 13:       World Cup Bank Slalom

Highlights of the weekend’s events will feature Canadian Paralympians Michelle Salt (Calgary, AB), John Leslie (Arnprior, ON) and two-time X Games medalist Alex Massie (Barrie, ON) who are confirmed to take on Paralympic gold medalists Evan Strong (USA) and Bibian Mentel (Netherlands).
Parasnowboarding is a new, exciting and growing sport that showcases snowboard athletes and their abilities. Parasnowboard competitor’s elite athleticism and technical skills are a thrill to watch, and the challenges they have overcome are truly inspiring.
At the World Cup Event at Big White Ski Resort, athletes will compete in two disciplines, Snowboard Cross and Banked Slalom. Snowboard Cross showcases two riders racing head to head at speeds in excess of 50km/hour, down a technical course featuring rollers, jumps, banked turns and tabletops. The fastest rider to cross the finish line in each heat, advance 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. These exciting spectator events are extreme in nature and require dedicated training and incredible athleticism from all of the participants.
The 2016 IPC 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, the Government of Canada, and Hosting BC for their ongoing support for Parasnowboarding.

Scott Harrigan
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