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Scandi Rookies! – 2016 OSLO ROOKIE FEST COMING UP

[Norwegian boss buzzard Mons Roisand getting business done at last year’s World Rookie Finals. Photo: Gustav Ohlsson]

Grommits – save this date – The largest international youth snowboard series is coming to Norway during the weekend of the X Games Oslo: 26-28 February 2016…

Following last year’s success, the Black Yeti will again stop by in the world winter capital for the 2016 Oslo Rookie Fest. This time, the Norway crew is stepping it up: The World Rookie Tour stop will go down at the same dates and place as the X Games Oslo – from 26th to 28th of February 2016 at the Oslo Vinterpark. Being able to watch the pros, all rookies will get free tickets to the X Games Oslo.

But that’s not all: besides participating in a slopestyle contest, the rookies are able to try out many amazing winter sport activities at the Oslo Winter Festival, owned and run by SAHR, which are the same folks as behind The Arctic Challenge, World Champs and X Games Oslo.

Oslo’s epic Vinterpark

“This winter, we combine both grass roots and world class sports by staging the X Games Oslo and Oslo Winter Festival. Besides watching spectacular performance at the X Games, everyone is invited to join in what Norwegians love: hanging in the snow and being active! The Oslo Rookie Fest is somewhere in between the grass roots activities and a top-level competition. The young and talented Rookie riders will make a solid bridge between newcomers and established pros”, says Henning Andersen, CEO of SAHR.

The slopestyle contest will be staged as national level competition as part of the World Snowboard Tour. The organizers are happy to host the event in the home country of the reigning World Rookie Champion Mons Røisland. The Norwegian stop is of big contribution for the World Rookie Tour in which many Scandinavian riders take part every year.

“Our ambition is to create the dream weekend for the rookies, to come to the world winter capital, learn new tricks and progress the riding… get a taste of the international scene and go straight from competition to enjoy watching the best action sports athletes in the world at the X Games Oslo. We hope this can inspire many rookies to take the next step towards the professional world of snowboarders, as many other World Rookie Tour riders have done before,” comments Henning Andersen.


Friday 26. February: Accreditation, Training, X Games Halfpipe Snowboard Finals
Saturday 27. February: Qualifications and Finals, Prize Ceremony, Snowskate WM, Rookie Night
Sunday 28. February March: Oslo Winter Festival Activities, X Games Halfpipe Ski Finals


– 2 tickets to 2016 Volkl World Rookie Finals in Ischgl, Austria for the best male and female rider
– All the podium riders will be qualified for the 2015 Volkl World Rookie Finals in Ischgl, Austria
– Goodies offered by the partners of the Oslo Winter Festival


All detailed info about the contest, accommodation and program can be found in Norwegian here. Or at the bottom of this post in English.


Anna-Maria Strittmatter,, +47 97 863 856

!! Final Deadline for registrations: 20th of February 2016 !!

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Location – Oslo Vinterpark, Norway

Date – February 26th – 28th 2016

Transportation – Airport express train (Flytoget) to Oslo Central Station.

– Adults NOK 180,- (about 19,50 EURO)

– Kids under 16 years with adult, no charge

– Kids under 16 travelling alone NOK 90,- (about 10 EURO)

Accommodation – Saga Hotel Oslo Central, Kongens Gate 7, Oslo

Getting to hotel – The hotel is placed 800m from Oslo Central Station.

Walking time 7-10 minutes.

Event mode – World Snowboard Tour National Level

Discipline – Slopestyle (Helmet obligatory)


Event package A: “all inclusive”

3.500 NOK (approx. 365 EURO)


2 nights at Saga Hotel Oslo Central

Breakfast at hotel

Shuttle from hotel to Oslo Vinterpark

Lift-ticket Oslo Vinterpark

Tickets to X Games Oslo (Wyller)

Shuttle to X Games Big Air Finals

Bib with rider’s name

Rookie Dinner

Discounted rate at Wyllerstua cafe in the arena

Hot drinks and food in the arena Friday – Sunday

Event package B: “contest, food and lift-tickets”

1.750 NOK (approx. 210 EURO)


Lift-ticket Oslo Vinterpark

Bib with rider’s name

Tickets to X Games Oslo (Wyller) + Shuttle to X Games BA

Rookie Dinner

Discounted rate at Wyllerstua cafe in the arena

Hot drinks and food in the arena Friday – Sunday

Event package C: “contest and food package”

1.000 NOK (approx. 105 EURO)


Bib with rider’s name

Tickets to X Games Oslo (Wyller)

Shuttle to X Games Big Air Finals

Rookie Dinner

Discounted rate at Wyllerstua cafe in the arena

Hot drinks and food in the arena Friday – Sunday

Event package E: “contest only”

400 NOK (approx. 42 EURO)


Bib with rider’s name

Tickets to X Games Oslo (Wyller)

Shuttle to X Games Big Air Finals

Discounted rate at Wyllerstua cafe in the arena

Event fee must be on the organizer’s account latest on February 20th. The payment info will be sent to your email when you are registered.

The prices are the same for competitors and coaches/parents.

Best airport option: Oslo Gardemoen Airport (OSL)

When you arrive at the airport, take the airport express train to Oslo Central station (20 minutes). The hotel is in 10 minutes walking distance. 

Hotel info We will arrange your booking on payment of the entry package, and send you your booking confirmation via email. If you want to arrive on Thursday, February 25th, we will add extra room cost on your payment.

Hotel website: http://saga-hotel-oslo-

Registration By returning the registration form to: before Friday, February 20th.

Cancellation fee after January 20th is to pay for the booked rooms.

After January 20th we cannot guarantee the package cost, due to room booking. We will book rooms continuously as we receive registrations.

Judging Will be accomplished by official judges.

Prizes – All podium riders are qualified for the Völkl World Rookie Finals 2016 in Ischgl.

– The best male and female riders are invited for free to Ischgl (a Grom could also be the best rider on the event).

– Goodies from Oslo Winter Festival Sponsors.

Park shaping Oslo Vinterpark crew.

Organization SAHR Concepts. Same crew as earlier The Arctic Challenge,

Contact Person Anna-Maria Strittmatter


Phone: +47 978 63 856

Official Website

Admission Criteria Riders: male and female, born 1st January 1998 and younger are admitted.

Riders will be divided in 2 age groups: Rookies (born 1998-2000) Groms (2001 and younger) Only riders from WSF member nations are admitted.

National secretary or national coaches are allowed to send their team inscriptions.


Friday 26th

Arrival + Accreditation

Practice 10:00 – 14:00

X Games Superpipe Finals 16:30-20:00

 Free tickets for Oslo Rookie Fest participants

Rookie Dinner / Movie night 20:00

Saturday 27th

Practice 9:00 – 11:00

Qualifiers 11:00 – 12:30

Finals 13:00 – 14:30

Prize Ceremony 14:45

Oslo Winter Festival activities 15:00-16:00

X Games Big Air Finals 16:00-20:00

*Shuttle to event venue will be organized for Rookies

Sunday 28th

Oslo Winter Festival activities 11:00-16:00

X Games Ski Superpipe Finals 16:30-20:00

*Free tickets for Oslo Rookie Fest participants

*Program may change.


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