Telluride to host World Cup Snowboardcross race in December
A snowboardcross camp at Telluride Ski Area last season has led to the resort becoming home to the sport’s World Cup event next season.
The U.S. Snowboardcross Cup is scheduled for Telluride from Dec. 17-20, the only United States stop of the LG FIS Snowboard World Cup.
The Telluride event will be the second in a series of five Olympic qualification events for snowboardcross and parallel giant slalom.
Last season’s camp made an impression on the athletes, which led to Telluride getting the event.
“The athletes and the coaches came out of that camp blown away with the level of service they received,” Calum Clark, the USSA vice president of events, said in a statement announcing the Telluride stop.
“It was like an event. Telluride took the spark of having the U.S. athletes there and thought, ‘We could really make something of this.’ ’’
Snowboardcross has heats of four athletes racing against one another through rollers, jumps and bank turns to try to cross the finish line first.
The top athletes in the sport are expected to enter, including five-time X Games gold medalist Nate Holland and women’s Olympic silver medalist Lindsey Jacobellis.
A team snowboardcross exhibition will wrap up the week, with two riders from the same
country teaming up. One member of each team will race, and when the first athlete crosses the finish line, it will trigger the gate for the country’s second athlete.
Parallel giant slalom qualifications and finals are set for Dec. 17, snowboardcross qualifications are Dec. 18, with the finals on Dec. 19. The team snowboardcross exhibition is Dec. 20.
“We are very excited to be having our World Cup at Telluride,” U.S. Snowboarding coach Peter Foley said in the release. “The hill they have is so good and the snowmaking system is perfect at that time of year. No place in the world can get those kinds of courses done at that time of year.
“We almost hate to share it with the rest of the world, but I think everyone is going to be amazed at the level of quality.”