A gathering of all sorts is taking place on the weekend of December 13-14 at the Crap Sogn Gion in Laax.
International newcomers will compete in the pipe on Saturday and on the big air on Sunday at the 9th Iceripper Junior Open. All of the 90 available spots for the competition are taken, the park is in tip-top shape, as usual in Laax, and the registered riders from Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Finland and Japan can't wait to show off their mad moves. In it to win it is also Zimtstern rookie Nico Kurz, his sponsor not only puts on the event but also some of its sideline attractions like raclette for all competitors.
The contest will go down in a jam-session format ranging from the categories U20, U15 and U14. The boys and girls wil get it cooking in 3 heats each lasting 60 minutes. There is no priority and the riders can do as many runs as possible. Scoring points is possible through a good overall impression in the jam-seesion and not through a single run as in most contests. The event is part of the "moove sympany snow series", the biggest snowboard tour in Switzerland, in that way you score points for the Swiss Snowboard Ranking.
By the way prize money is 3000 swiss francs!
13.12.2008 - Saturday - Halfpipe 08.30-09.15 Race Office Open (Café No Name) 08.50 Riders Meeting U 16 (Monsterpipe) 09.00 Training Heat 1 09.15 True Overall Jam U 16 10.30 Riders Meeting U14, U20, Women 10.40 Training Heat 2 10.55 True Overall Jam Heat 2 12.00 Training Heat 3 12.15 True Overall Jam Heat 3 13.30 Start Finals True Overall Jam 60 Min 15.00 Prizegiving
14.12.2008 - Sunday - Big Air 08.30-09.15 Race Office Open (Café No Name) 08.50 Riders Meeting U 16 (Big Air Crap) 09.00 Training Heat 1 (U16) 09.15 True Overall Jam U 16 10.15 Riders Meeting Women U 14, U 20 10.25 Training Heat 2 10.40 True Overall Jam Heat 2 11.40 Training Heat 3 11.55 True Overall Jam Heat 3 13.10 Start Finals True Overall Jam 60 Min. 14.30 Prizegiving
NEW for 2009: Due to the success of the Iceripper Junior Open in Laax, there is going to be another open event in Davos, Switzerland:
Iceripper Junior Open - Davos 31.01. – 01.02.09 For more infos on everything simply go to the website.