Well it now appears the coalition of nay-sayers of the now fabulously successful Denver-based SIA trade show will have to eat their words yet again. After transitioning the industry’s biggest event from Las Vegas to Denver last January, the event is now poised to become a competition stop as well. The 2011 SIA trade show will kick things off with a bang as it will play host to a World Cup snowboarding big air contest to take place in downtown Denver on January 28, the day before the show begins. While the exact venue has yet to be announced, the event was specifically scheduled around the Winter X Games ensuring top riders will be primed for this world class showdown in the Mile High city.
Look for a city big air like this coming to Denver in January 2011
Additional highlights announced by FIS include:
The 2010-11 World Cup will feature a host of innovations including a team alpine racing event, a city event in Munich and the first moguls event in China. In addition to five different U.S. World Cup stops, new elements will be added to several of the current international tours.
U.S. World Cup stops will include Aspen, Beaver Creek, Denver and Telluride in Colorado, along with Lake Placid, NY. In addition, the 2011 FIS Freestyle World Ski Championships will be held at Deer Valley Resort in Park City Feb. 2-5.
The Audi FIS Alpine World Cup will begin its U.S. stops starting Thanksgiving weekend in Aspen Nov. 27-28 where Olympic medalists Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) and Julia Mancuso (Olympic Valley, CA) will be on hand to compete for the home crowd. Following up the women will be the annual men’s Audi Birds of Prey race week in Beaver Creek, which just received the bid for 2015 World Championships, providing a showcase for Olympic medalists Bode Miller (Franconia, NH), Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) and Andrew Weibrecht (Lake Placid, NY).
The LG FIS Snowboard World Cup will make a stop at Telluride Dec. 15-18 with parallel GS, snowboard-cross and team SBX events. It will be the only stop of the annual tour featuring a team SBX event, which was recently approved by the FIS for inclusion in the World Championships.
Lake Placid will hold its traditional FIS Freestyle World Cup Jan. 21-23 with moguls and aerials, just two weeks before the Feb. 2-5 World Championships in Deer Valley. Among the top contenders will be Olympic moguls champion Hannah Kearney (Norwich, VT) as well as bronze medalist Bryon Wilson (Missoula, MT) and silver medalist in aerials Jeret “Speedy” Peterson (Boise, ID). A snowboarding big air World Cup with a ski exhibition will be held Jan. 28 in Denver.
The 2011 calendars included a host of innovations designed to showcase both new events and feature growing geographical markets.
The alpine season will commence with its traditional stop in Soelden, Austria, but will feature a nation’s team event that is sure to up the excitement levels for the rest of the season. Other changes include a city event in Munich at the city’s former Olympic Park. The men’s tour will also venture to Bulgaria for the country’s first stop.
FIS will also bring moguls skiing World Cups to the expanding freestyle nation of China for the first time.
The LG FIS Snowboard World Cup will begin crowning overall champions in both “speed” (alpine events plus snowboardcross) and freestyle (halfpipe, slopestyle and big air) beginning this coming season. A maximum of six competitions are taken into consideration regardless the event where the results are achieved.
With these events only a couple months away, competition is already heating up as athletes will have to train extra hard as they prepare for what’s likely to be the most exciting competition year ever.