The British Snowboard and Freeski Championships, now ranked as a prestigious 3-star TTR event, returns to Laax, Switzerland, from the 10th – 17th March 2007 for the ultimate snowsports festival of the year - The Brits. Part competition, part music festival, The Brits offers a mixture of the best of British snowboard and freeski action, alongside cutting edge tunes in Europe's premiere freestyle resort.
With resorts around the world heading into the snow season, Burton announces The Stash, a completely different kind of run that adds a new dimension to snowboarding. The first resort run of its kind, The Stash is slated to open on December 15, 2006 at Northstar-At-Tahoe Resort. Developed by Jake Burton and Burton team riders, The Stash lets riders progress their all-mountain freestyle skills in a fun, natural environment that features tree runs, jibs and road jumps constructed with wood logs and other materials native to the Lake Tahoe region.
BACKONSNOW is on the road again: from October to December 2006 the test tour organized by the Austrian snowboard and freeskiing industry will stop four times. At the opening on the Kaunertal glacier in Sölden, over 30 companies will offer their newest products from the brand spanking winter collection 2006/07 for free testing.
The first two legs of the Natural Born Riders Tour 2006 presented by Bopit Extreme 2 took place this weekend at Castleford SNO!zone on Friday and Sheffield Ski Village on Saturday. Some amazing riding went down at both legs from both skiers and boarders highlighting the ever increasing talent in the UK from both established and new faces on the scene.
The final program of the Burton European Open 2007 (BEO) is fixed: for the third time the international Snowboard scene is gathering for Europe’s biggest Snowboard event in the Swiss Freestyle mekka Laax. The days from January 20–27th, 2007 are offering a week full of action and entertainment. A week with stars and starlets. A week full of highlights.
The new h.o.5.park website is a big pre-season novelty. Developed by F2X and its programming gurus, Xavier Horlaville and Ludovic Bonnan (www.f2xvideo.com), the new virtual platform is the perfect union between innovation and technology. No need to say it equals h.o.5.park’s reputation.
After an enthralling opening of the Big Air season of the NOKIA Snowboard FIS World Cup 2006/2007 in Stockholm, the air artists are preparing to compete in this winter’s second contest. On December 8th, 2006, Paris organises a Big Air in the Disney Village. Also the French capital celebrates it’s debut as a World Cup host.
The Block 2006 rider invitations have gone out for the VIP Snowboarders selected to compete at The Block Party 2006. The event will be held December 8th 9th & 10th in S. Lake Tahoe, CA. The rail contest is being hosted by Sierra at Tahoe, the premiere resort for snowboarders in S. Lake Tahoe.
Forum’s binding line has really stepped up this season, with the Platform V1.8 sat near the top of their teched-out tree of badass bindings. A minimalist fibreglass reinforced baseplate, aluminium heelcup and cored highback delivers instant toe to heel response whilst allowing tweaky flex. Response is all well and good, but these are also comfy: padded in all the right places, with decent straps, your feet should be happy in the V1.8. Forum have made the most of their new step-brother, as can be seen with the New Crap toe strap. You know we’re fans of these, so we won’t bang on any more about it other than to say they ain’t crap! And they’re about as adjustable as a binding can be.
Swatch & O’Neill have announced that they will be joining forces in 2007 to create a brand new ski and snowboard event. The inaugural Swatch O’Neill Big Mountain Pro 2007 will take place in March and promises to revolutionise the world of freestyle skiing and snowboarding competitions with its innovative new format.
The Nanshan Open, the first snowboard contest in China, has added Red Bull as the Open’s official sponsor. Red Bull joins an impressive roster of returning and founding sponsors from previous years.
In short, it's about rails in Russia, pow in Japan, booters in the Alps, and snowboards, all mixed together with a nice pirate flavour...
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