The upcoming weekend will not only bring the second and third parallel race of the running FIS Snowboard World Cup season in Bad Gastein, but also the last test for the race boarders prior to the World Championships. The Austrian winter sport resort with the long-time World Cup history will host two parallel slaloms on January 11 and 12, 2013.
The double event on the Bucheben slope right at the foot of the Stubnerkogel will feature a World Cup premiere under flood light.
The first parallel race in the Gasteiner valley on Friday January 11 will be the first one in history to be run in a single run format.
As a result, each head to head duel of the knock out rounds will bring only one decisive run with the faster rider directly advancing to the next round.
As another consequence of this new format, not only the finals of the top 16 men and women will be even more dramatic but also the qualifiers as the better ranked athlete of the time trials has the advantage of selecting the course to start on.
A tactical finesse which will also demand an observing and alerted coaching staff on the slope to make the right choice according to the course conditions which may vary over the course of the race.
On Saturday January 12, the second and thus last Parallel World Cup race prior to the 10th FIS Snowboard World Championships in Quebec and Stoneham, Canada (January 15 thru 27) will be held in the so far usual re-run format.
Time schedule Parallel World Cup Bad Gastein, Austria – all local times:
Friday, January 11:
- PSL (single run) Qualification w/m at 2 PM
- Finals w/m at 6:30 PM
Saturday, January 12:
- PSL (re-run) Qualification w/m at 9:30 AM
- Finals w/m at 1 PM