In a few days, the freestyle snowboarders open their contest year 2013. From January 9 thru 12, the FIS Snowboard World Cup season's first slopestyle event (January 9 and 11) and second halfpipe contest (January 10 and 12) are scheduled within the Sprint U.S. Grand Prix Tour.
The competition weekend, which features the last two freestyle snowboarding World Cups prior to the 10th FIS Snowboard World Championships in Quebec and Stoneham, Canada (January 15 – 27), is the first out of two freestyle stops of the oldest US domestic tour which is part of the Olympic Qualifier process for the first time as FIS sanctioned event.
In addition, the two contests will also count for the World Snowboard Tour. As a consequence, riders can win both, FIS World Cup points which count for the Olympic Qualifier process as well as points counting for the World Snowboarding point list.
According to this, local Organisers are expecting one of the biggest and deepest fields in World Cup history, especially as the FIS point level mandatory to start on the FIS World Cup tour has been reduced to zero points for the first two halfpipe and slopestyle World Cup competitions of the current season.
The 2013 FIS Snowboard Freestyle World Cup
The 2013 FIS Snowboard Freestyle World Cup consists of three events (halfpipe, slopestyle and big air) and features a total of ten competitions with the next slopestyle and halfpipe contest to take place in Copper Mt. CO.