Here's an early Christmas cracker joke for you:
Q: How do you know when a snowboarder is fed up of triple-corks, and wishes that contests would reward style instead?
A: They'll tell you.
We'd laugh, if it weren't so tragic (or if it were actually funny). More often than not, the spin-to-win debate fizzles out in a logical cul-de-sac where people know exactly what they don't like, yet come up empty on what should actually be done about it.
Vans may have the answer, though. Their Hi-Standard Series is all about the style, with no spin over a 720 allowed and no repeating of tricks. We’ve been massive fans of this one ever since it first appeared in 2014, so it’s great to see it come back around.
"If you hate the multi-cork show, then here’s your chance to step away from the keyboard and support a style-centric approach to snowboard contests"
In fact, from humble beginnings it has grown arms and legs, and in 2018 will be stopping in China (China!), South Korea, Finland (sadly the only Euro stop) and both coasts of the USA and Canada. It doesn’t stop in the winter, either; the Hi-Standard will rev back up again in June for a jam at High Cascade, before moving on to Argentina.
The most stylish rider of the day is awarded the MVP prize, a trip to March’s grand final showdown in California. Also up for grabs are prizes for Best Rail Trick, Best Slam and Most Improved - and there’s cold, hard cash coming your way if you can get the judges to throw the horns in appreciation of your style.
If you hate the multi-cork show, then here’s your chance to step away from the keyboard and support a style-centric approach to snowboard contests. Scroll down to see the full list of dates:
VANS HI-STANDARD SERIES 2018
January 13 – Mount St. Louis, Ontario, Canada
January 20 – Mont Avila, Quebec Canada
January 28 – Nashan Mellow Parks, Beijing, China
February 3 – Mount Snow, Vermont, United States
February 3 – Welli Hilli Park, South Korea
February 17 – Mount Norquay, Alberta, Canada
March 3 – Talma Ski, Finland
March 4 – Copper Mountain, Colorado, United States
March 10 – Mt. Seymour, British Columbia, Canada
March 17 – GRAND FINALE – Sierra-at-Tahoe, California, United States
SUMMER JAM DATES
June 27, Session #2 – HCSC at Timberline, Oregon, United States
Summer 2018 – TBC, Argentina