Organizers begin course preparations for Big White 2017 World Para Snowboard Championships

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Vancouver, BC – With 100 days until athletes take to the snow at the Big White 2017 World Para Snowboard Championships on February 2nd, 2017, organizers have begun dry course work and confirmed the schedule for the biggest event on the 2016-17 Para-snowboard calendar.

By consulting with athletes and coaches over the past four IPC Para Snowboard World Cups,  Big White Ski Resort (Kelowna, BC) aims to create one of the world’s very best Para snowboard facilities.

Big White
Big White

Flynn Seddon, Director of Terrain Park & Outdoor Events at Big White, is proud of the connection the resort has built with the athletes and coaches over the past four years, and is taking a similar path for the World Championships:

“For the World Championships the approach we will take will be similar to what we have done in past World Cup events. A community focus and consultations with coaches and athletes to deliver what they want to see and what they want to ride.

The dry land work will definitely add to our start section and will increase the ability for us to build a great section leading into the first turn.  This alone will put the course at a level above the last four years.” Seddon added.

Big White Dry Land
Big White Dry Land

The concept of building a dirt substructure for event venues is an old concept but one that has been revisited in the past few years. Dirt substructures help with the amount of manmade and natural snow a venue needs to build up to competition standards. This attention to detail will be instrumental to developing the sport of Para snowboarding and echoes Canada’s commitment to become a world leader in the sport.

General Event Schedule Released

In addition to the course work, the Local Organizing Committee has released a general schedule of events that will include an Opening and Closing Ceremony showcasing local artists and celebrating the diverse field of international athletes.

Wednesday February 1, 2017
Opening ceremonies

Thursday February 2, 2017
Snowboardcross training

Friday February 3, 2017
Snowboardcross training

Saturday February 4, 2017
Snowboardcross Qualification runs and finals
(mens and womens)

Sunday February 5, 2017
Banked Slalom course build and refinement

Monday February 6, 2017
Banked Slalom training

Tuesday February 7, 2017
Banked Slalom Timed runs
(mens and womens)

Wednesday February 8, 2017
Closing ceremonies

Over 100 Para athletes from 25 countries across the globe will compete in snowboard-cross and banked slalom in men’s and women’s SB-LL1, SB-LL2 and SB-UL classifications.

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