The tour migrates further west to Boreal, which is right off of I-80 between Reno and Sacramento, Jan. 29 - Feb. 1. Riders will boost their best tricks in the Boreal Superpipe, a 22-foot-pipe which will have athletes going bigger while providing them with a chance to show off their best runs in an Olympic sized halfpipe as the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver hover on the horizon.
Also adding to the excitement in the resort located atop Donner's Summit is the addition of the Visa Snowboardcross Championship series to the competition lineup. The Tahoe area is busting at the seams with top U.S. Snowboarding SBX athletes, including reigning X Games gold medalist Nate Holland (Squaw Valley, CA), Jeep King of the Mountain champion Shaun Palmer (South Lake Tahoe, CA) and Olympian Jayson Hale (Sierraville, CA). The competition will have riders vying for the right to claim the title in a town full of local talent.
"I'm stoked to compete in my hometown. It will be an opportunity to have a lot of friends come and see what I do when I'm gone for half the year," Holland said. "It will be a unique experience having them at the race and cheering for me. It's a little added pressure, but I thrive on pressure."