With just weeks to go to the Vancouver Olympics, the world’s snowboarding nations are prepping the line ups of their Olympic teams – and there’ll be a couple of notable absences.
American rider Danny Davis suffered a spinal accident at the weekend in a quad biking accident and will not be able to take part in the Games. Doctors say he’ll make a full recovery. Davis was looking promising for the halfpipe contest – ousting reigning champion Shaun White at an event earlier this month with three double corks.
As previously reported, Kevin Pearce will also not be joining the US squad after suffering a serious head injury at the end of last year. He’s continuing to make slow but steady progress in hospital in Utah.
Last year Julia Pickering became the first woman and the first British person to snowboard down three of the highest mountains in the Arctic Circle.
It’s been an action packed fortnight on the TTR circuit with bundles of TTR points being awarded at the Roxy Chicken Jam, Burton European Open and O’neill Evolution.
Check out the best of the action at all of these events in the round ups below:
Poland’s Paulina Ligocka and Finland’s Peetu Piiroinen have won the 11th Burton European Open halfpipe event. Each will take home US$ 15.000 in prize-money and also important pointstowards the BGOS and TTR rankings.
Finnish riders Peetu Piiroinen and Enni Rukajärvi were the big winners of an exciting slopestyle finals at the Burton European Open. Peetu claimed his 3rd BEO title; while Enni secured her first win at the BEO. Both earned US$ 15.000 prize-money, 8.000 BGOS points as well as 1.000 TTR points.
A new discount card has launched in Chamonix, giving you the chance to save cash on lift passes, equipment hire, lessons, eating, drinking and other après activities.
The Privilege Alps card costs 10 euros and gives you a range of discounts including:
12 euros on a 6 day Mont Blanc Unlimited Ski Pass
14 euros on 6 day Ski School with ESF
You can also save cash at lots of popular bars, restaurants and shops including the South Bar, Le Garage, Midnight Exoress, Serac, Praz Sports, Zero G and the local bowling alley..
A percentage of sales of the cards also goes towards the charity La Caisse de Secours which supports mountain guides and their families in times of need.
The Brits have announced the initial music line-up for their 21st annual Snow and Music festival in Laax, Switzerland from the 21st to 28th March 2010. Kicking off the BRITS music week in true British Hip Hop style and christening one of Laax’s hottest new club venues will be top DJ collective, SCRATCH.
In a high-class competition, Enni Rukajärvi took victory at the 7th Roxy Chicken Jam 2010 at Saalbach Hinterglemm. At the world’s biggest snowboard event for girls only, the 19-year-old Finn won over double Roxy Chicken Jam champ Cheryl Maas (NED) and Norwegian Kjersti Buaas Oestgaard who took second and third.
The 11th Burton European Open Snowboarding Championships started its week-long "Circus" show on Saturday with the junior slopestyle competition in Laax, Switzerland. 54 little rippers up to 14 years old from fourteen nations were competing today up on Crap Sogn Gion.