Tuesday, March 8, 2011

BCSA Provincial Snowboard Championships

The final Snowboard Cross and Slopestyle events of the BC Snowboard Provincial Series are happening this weekend at Big White Ski Resort in the TELUS Park – March 11 to 13.  Big White boasts one of the best-known tracks and parks on the provincial circuit.   

The Snowboard Cross event will feature a FIS category for those athletes looking to qualify for Nationals, being held at Lake Louise in early April.

There is also an Open category in the Snowboard Cross – athletes are randomly sorted in their age groups (male/female).  The athletes compete in head to head heats with the top 2 athletes moving forward to the next round, and the remaining athletes moving to a last chance qualifier ('LCQ') round.  The LCQ format allows new and up-and-coming athletes to compete against athletes in their own age group in a head to head Heat situation (4 riders on course).  All athletes in the LCQ format will get a minimum of 2 runs in a Heat situation. 

The age groups are:
14 and under
15 to 18
19 and over
30 and over - (new this year)

In the Slopestyle event, athletes are earning international Ticket To Ride (TTR) points, as well as FIS points for those athletes holding a FIS license.  The event is held in the TELUS Park at Big White on Sunday, with opening training on Saturday.  The athletes are judged by 4 FIS certified judges in an overall ranking.  The results are then sorted to award the athletes by age group (male/female) being:  14 and under; 15 to 18; 19 and over.

Spectators welcome! Come and cheer on BC's top amateur Snowboard athletes and our future 'stars in the making'!

For more information email:  bcsnow@telus.net or phone: 250.491.7626

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