BIG WHITE, BRITISH COLUMBIA TO HOST THE FULL FIELD OF OLYMPIC SNOWBOARD ATHLETES AT THE FIRST SBX WORLD CUP IN CANADA SINCE 2013
BIG WHITE SKI RESORT, BRITISH COLUMBIA play host to all FIS SBX National Snowboard Teams at the Inaugural Barrels & Berms FIS SBX World Cup at Big White Ski Resort, from January 20 to 27, 2020. This is the ONLY opportunity for the entire Canadian National team and Next Generation Team to compete at the top International level at home in 2020. Big White Ski Resort will be hosting all of the World’s top Olympic athletes including multiple World Champions and Olympic Medalists from around the Globe.
Both the Individual SBX and the Teams SBX events World Cup Titles will be contested, with the Team Event being a new Olympic discipline that will debut in 2022.
What is Snowboardcross?
Snowboardcross, an Olympic discipline event, features four riders racing simultaneously down a technically demanding course. Participants navigate around rollers, jumps, banked turns and tabletops at speeds in excess of 70km/h in a single-elimination format where the fastest two riders to cross the finish line in each heat, then advance to the next round until the final heat determines the winner. It is the easiest spectator snowboard discipline to follow and can be very exciting to watch due to the unpredictable nature of heat racing with multiple competitors together on course.
Mixed team Snowboardcross
The team snowboard cross event made its World Cup debut back in the 2012/13 competition season at select stops on the SBX tour, and quickly established itself as a legitimate and legitimately thrilling variation on the already hugely popular snowboard cross event.
As with standard four-aside snowboard cross events, the team competition works in a knockout bracket format, with four teams racing head-to-head in heats and the top two teams from each heat making their way forward towards the eventual big final.
Unlike a standard snowboard cross event, the team event functions as a two-competitor-per-team relay, with the second member of the team released from the start gate as soon as the first member of their team has crossed the finish line. The first team to have both competitors across the finish line in the big final is, of course, the winner.
January 20 - 27 Big White, British Columbia
WHO TO WATCH
2018 PYEONGCHANG OLYMPIC MEDALISTS
Men’s Gold: Pierre Vaultier (France), Silver: Jarryd Hughes (Australia), Bronze: Regino Hernandez (Spain),
Women’s Gold: Michela Moioli (Italy), Silver: Julia Pereira De Sousa Mabileau (France)Bronze: Eva Samkova (Czech Republic).
CANADIAN OLYMPIANS including Big White local TESS CRITCHLOW, MERYETA O’DINE ZOE BERGERMANN, ELIOT GRONDIN, CARLE BRENNEMAN, KEVIN HILL and CHRIS ROBANSKE (not competing due to injury but will be onsite)
CANADA’S FUTURE OLYMPIANS from the Next Gen Team including HAILI MOYER, AUDREY MCMANIMAN, EVAN BICHON, LIAM MOFFATT
HOW TO WATCH
You can watch in Canada on CBC streaming, live or on their show, The Road to The Olympic Games on Saturday. The Teams event will also be shown live on CBC.
You can access the full CBC Snowboarding schedule here https://cbc.calreplyapp.com/snowboard
International Livestream (non-Canadian Audiences):
ALL World Cup events will be live streamed on the FIS Snowboard YouTube channels. (not in Canada)
Official Canada Snowboard Social Channels
Social Media Sharing
Official hashtags of the event are:
Canada Snowboard Social Media partner information below:
Big White Ski Resort is our hosting partner, Mazda Canada official automotive partner and Li Ning is our official outerwear partner. Native shoes are our official footwear, Okanagan Springs is the official beer partner, TELUS is our telecom partner, Sunbelt rentals official power supplier, Prinoth Bison X help build the course and Clif Bar keep us energized. A huge thanks goes out to our funding partners the Government of Canada and the Government of British Columbia as they are how we make the event a reality.
A special thanks to the Indigenous peoples of Westbank First Nation
We acknowledge that this event is taking place on the traditional and unseeded territory of the Syilx (Okanagan) peoples. We are thankful to share in the special spirit of this place, rich in the energy of Mother Earth, our ancestors and the love of all Creation. We recognize, honour and respect the land in which we work, live and play.
Image access for media and personal use:
Canada Snowboard Media Page contains all relevant media information. www.barrelsandberms.ca
Downloadable, Rights Cleared Images from the event can be accessed either through the Gallery embedded in the www.barrelsandberms.ca website or directly from the Canada Snowboard Flickr account. https://www.flickr.com/photos/canadasnowboard/
FIS image library:
Throughout the 2019/20 FIS Snowboard season we will continue to share rights-free photos from each event on our SmugMug page - https://fis.smugmug.com/FISSnowboard/World-Cup/2019/Snowboard-cross. Here you can also find archived photo galleries from previous seasons, and all photos are free for editorial usage with credit to the photographer (if listed) and FIS Snowboard (or @fissnowboard on social media).
Women’s and men’s top-3 podium runs as well as winner’s interviews will also be available shortly after each competition on our YouTube page, HERE - https://www.youtube.com/user/fissnowboardchannel/playlists. We happily encourage you to link, share and/or embed these videos through your channels throughout the season.
Venue Channels and Key Athletes
We (FIS) follow all of our venue social media channels and share, retweet and regram from them whenever possible as we work to create buzz around our events and build towards the season's marquee competitions. If you would like to see what various organisers are doing ahead of and during a FIS Snowboard Cross event, here are complete lists of 2019/20 FIS Snowboard Cross World Cup organizers and their respective social media.
As well, to help you follow and share/retweet/regram athlete posts, we have compiled profiles of some the most prominent men and women of the Snowboard World Cup tour. If you are interested in more athletes (e.g. from your country) please contact us and we should be able to point you in the right direction.
Live-scoring and Statistics
The live-scoring service for the 2019/2020 FIS Snowboard Cross World Cup tour will be available https://www.fis-ski.com/DB/snowboard/live.html or through the FISApp for IOS and Android smartphones.
Furthermore, the FIS website offers an extensive STATISTIC section based on athletes’ and nations’ past results, providing interesting insights from World Cup, World Championships and Winter Olympic Games results. For your convenience we’ve chosen a handful of key tables, below.
▪ All-time nations podium rankings - ALL
The 2019/20 FIS Snowboard World Cup season will be the 23rd for the FIS Snowboard Cross World Cup, dating all the way back to the 1996/97 season. With 148 World Cup competitions, 12 world championships, and four Olympic appearances already in the books ahead of this season, the FIS Snowboard Cross World Cup has long been entrenched as one of the most exciting and viewer- friendly competitions in any FIS discipline.
The 2019/20 season kicked-off of the World Cup tour taking place in Montafon (AUT) on Dec 11-13, then headed to Cervinia (ITA) from Dec 20-21, followed by the Barrels and Berms race in Big White (CAN) on January 24-26, then it returns to Europe, where the races will be held in Feldberg (GER) from Jan 31-Feb 02, go to Sierra Nevada (ESP) on March 6-7, and finishing in Veysonnaz (SUI) from March 13-15 (Full calendar HERE).