Telluride Geared to Host Snowboard World Cup

Posted By: The Ski Channel on June 17, 2009 8:57 am

Telluride is the proud new home to World Cup snowboarding competition, and from Dec. 17-20, will be the only U.S. stop on the LG FIS Snowboard World Cup tour next season. Events will include snowboardcross and parallel giant slalom, and will serve as one of five Olympic qualifiers for the 2010 Games.

“It’s very exciting to be able to bring an event of this scale to a resort as great as Telluride where the enthusiasm and drive to make this World Cup a success is so strong,” says USSA Vice President of Events Calum Clark.

Telluride, too, is excited about the new partnership. “We’re thrilled to bring the World Cup to Telluride,” says Telluride Ski & Golf CEO Dave Riley. “Following the great success last season with the U.S. team training, we’re ready to have the national and international snowboard communities focused on Telluride in the run-up to the Olympics. Our entire destination has come together to make this event happen, and we look forward to becoming a regular stop on the World Cup tour.”

The American boarders first enjoyed Telluride at the elite level last season, during an early snowboardcross camp. According to all involved, the course and conditions were prime. “The hill they have is so good and the snowmaking system is perfect for that time of year,” says U.S. Snowboarding Head Coach Peter Foley. “No place in the world can get those kinds of courses done at that time of year. I think it’s going to be one of the—if not the best World Cup of the year and we’re going to be able to do it before Christmas.”


photo: USSA