[Jeppe Landmark. Photo: Lorenzo Fizza Verdinelli]

Mottolino Snowpark in Livigno welcomes the largest youth snowboard competition ever organized in the history of freestyle snowboarding.

The Black Yeti won the war against the lack of snow and welcomed 155 enthusiastic young riders from all over the world in Livigno for the 2016 World Rookie Fest. Despite the poor snow conditions, the Mottolino shapers crew spent night and day to create the best possible slopestyle course for the rookies and the Mottolino Snowpark is now ready for incredible freestyle actions.

With 155 registered riders, the 2016 World Rookie Fest is the biggest event of the World Rookie Tour ever, and the largest only youth freestyle snowboard competition ever organized in the history of World Snowboard Federation and TTR World Snowboard Tour.

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“After 11 years, it is always great to welcome in Livigno all these rookies and groms from all over the World," stated Marco Sampaoli, event organizer and WSF Vice-President. “Every year the event grows and with 155 riders from 18 different countries we are really proud to host the largest youth snowboard event ever organized".

The event started with a training day and a great opening ceremony, with the video premiere of the 2015 Rookie Trip to Chile, a movie filmed in South America with the best riders from last season World Rookie Tour 2015. Immediatly after the welcome party took place in the event headquarter at Plaza Pacheda.

Li'l bit of facetime for Marco.

In the next days the Mottolino Snowpark will host all the 25 girls, 55 male Groms, and 75 male Rookies: they will battle in two qualification days for their entries into the super finals, scheduled on the Wednesday 13th January. In two heats the riders will have to prove their talent. Follow us the next days to see what the young guns got in stock!

The WSF World Rookie Tour is organized by The Black Yeti in collaboration with World Snowboard Federation and its National Snowboard Associations, and it is made possible by Red Bull and Volkl Snowboards. You can follow the World Rookie Tour on our international media partners Onboard European Snowboard magazine, Cooler and MPora.

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2015.16 World Rookie Tour – Calendar

If you're a grom, get involved in one of the upcoming WRT events in your area...

South America Rookie Fest (SS) . Valle Nevado, Chile 21.23 August 2015 – DONE

Corvatsch Rookie Fest (SS) . Corvatsch, Swiss . 17.20 December 2015 – DONE

Iceripper Rookie Fest (HP) . Laax, Swiss 06.09 January 2016 - DONE

World Rookie Fest (SS) . Livigno, Italy 09.14 January 2016

Peyragudes Rookie Fest (SS) . Peyragudes, France 21.24 January 2016

Transilvania Rookie Fest (SS) . Arena Platos, Romania 05.07 February 2016

Oslo Rookie Fest (SS) . Oslo Vinterpark, Norway, 26.28 February 2016

Indy Park Rookie Fest (SS) . Nekoma, Japan 27.28 February 2016

Trentino Rookie Fest (SS + HP) . Monte Bondone, Italy 02.06 March 2016

Bulgarian Rookie Fest (SS + HP) . Pamporovo, Bulgaria 15.17 March 2016

Revolution Rookie Fest (SS + HP) . Seven Springs Resort, USA 15.16 March 2016

Völkl World Rookie Finals (SS) . Ischgl, Austria 05.10 April 2016

Follow the World Rookie Tour online @

web: www.worldrookietour.com and www.worldsnowboardfederation.org

facebook page: www.facebook.com/worldrookietour

Vimeo Channel: www.vimeo.com/channels/worldrookietour

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