Snowboard World Cup Opener in New Zealand

In less than one month, the FIS Snowboard World Cup enters a new season. From August 16 through 24, the freestyle snowboarders will kick of the 2013/2014 winter with two contest in New Zealand. 23 more competitions staged in ten different countries will follow the season's opener in Cardrona Alpine Ski Resort.

However, unlike the years before, the first event of the season won't be staged in the Cardrona superpipe but in the resort's funpark. On August 19, the final of the first ever slopestyle World Cup will take place “down under”. A few days later, the finals of the season's first halfpipe World Cup will be stage (Aug 24).

Both competitions, which are part of the 2013 Audi quattro Winter Games NZ, are the prelude to numerous other stops of the international contest series which will guest in eleven countries this winter. The most of them will be staged prior to the 2014 Olympic Winter Games and thus count for the official qualification process for Sochi (RUS).

Besides the New Zealand contests, four more events are planned in the halfpipe World Cup (Ruka, Copper, Stoneham, La Molina) as well as in the slopestyle World Cup (Copper, Gstaad, Stoneham, Kreischberg). In addition, the sole big air of the Freestyle Snowboard World Cup will take place in Stoneham.

The Snowboard Cross World Cup will feature six single races (Montafon, Lake Louise, Vallnord-Arcalís, Veysonnaz, Blue Mountain, La Molina) as well as two team events (Montafon, Veysonnaz).

The Parallel World Cup consists of six races (Carezza, JAUerling, Bad Gastein, Rogla, Sudelfeld, La Molina).

For further information on the World Cup calendar click here.

Preliminary time table World Cup Cardrona:

Slopestyle                               Halfpipe

August, 16 Training                    August, 20 Training

August, 17 Training                    August, 21 Training

August, 18 Qualification              August, 22 Qualification

August, 19 Final                        August, 2

                                               August, 24 Final