Eleven World Cup stops in five resorts in January

The New Year provides an action-packed January with the 2010 LG Snowboard FIS World Cup speeding up from naught to sixty. From January 6th through 30th, eleven competitions will take place in all disciplines of the world-wide tour, with the first of them to be hosted in Europe. The race boarders celebrate the contest kick-off of 2010 at Kreischberg with a parallel giant slalom (January 6th). One day later, the freestyle cracks showcase their skills in the halfpipe in a night final under flood light (January 7th). A few days later, also the snowboard cross specialists get back to business at Bad Gastein's Buchebenskiwiese on January 9th and 10th.
Then, the allrounders, who battle in heats of four on a course peppered with several obstacles, head to Switzerland in order to meet for their season's fourth race. Veysonnaz celebrates its debut as a World Cup host with a SBX contest on January 14th and 15th. Two days later Nendaz is part of the World Cup circuit again after having hosted parallel slaloms in the 2006, 2007 and 2008 season – in 2010 it's time for a parallel giant slalom on January 17th.
First Europe then North America
After the alpine snowboard race the LG Snowboard World Cup heads west in order to get back to North America. In Canada, a total of six World Cups are scheduled. In Stoneham and Quebec fans can look forward to witness the full range of snowboarding. While the snowboard cross (January 20th and 21st) and halfpipe decisions will take place outside of Quebec, the showdown for the first 2010 World Cup title will feature some urban scenery. Current leader in the race for the Big Air Crystal globe Stefan Gimpl (AUT) who sits in first with 3,800 points and Gian-Luca Cavigelli (SUI, 3,100) are the only contenders at this first season's final on January 23rd. On January 24th, the carving specialists get another chance to earn some World Cup points in a Parallel Giant Slalom.
In Calgary, all eyes will focus on the freestylers, who will come together in Canada's Olympic Park of 1988. As the first ever slopestyle of the LG Snowboard FIS World Cup had to be cancelled in Bardonecchia last year due to heavy snow fall it's time for the next try end of this month. A double final on January 30th will feature the best riders of the Slopestyle competition first before also highlighting some massive runs in the halfpipe – under flood light.
World Cup time schedule Kreischberg, Austria – all local times:
Wednesday, January 6th, 2010:        Qualification Parallel Giant Slalom                at 9 AM
Finals Parallel Giant Slalom                          at 1 PM Thursday, January 7th, 2010:                     Qualification Halfpipe                                                                 at 9:25 AM
Finals Halfpipe                                              at 6 PM

World Cup time schedule Bad Gastein, Austria – all local times:
Saturday, January 9th, 2010:             Qualification Snowboard Cross                     at 9:10 AM
Sunday, January 10th, 2010:             Finals Snowboard Cross                               at 1:15 PM

World Cup time schedule Veysonnaz, Switzerland – all local times:
Thursday, January 14th, 2010:          Qualification Snowboard Cross                     at 9:30 AM
Friday, January 15th, 2010:               Finals Snowboard Cross                               at 11:45 AM

World Cup time schedule Nendaz, Switzerland – all local times:
Sunday, January 17th, 2010:             Qualification Parallel Giant Slalom                at 9 AM
Finals Parallel Giant Slalom                          at 1 PM

World Cup time schedule Stoneham/Quebec, Canada – all local times:
Wednesday, January 20th, 2010:      Qualification Snowboard Cross                     at 10:45 AM
Thursday, January 21st, 2010:           Finals Snowboard Cross                               at 1:30 PM
Friday, January 22nd, 2010:               Qualification Halfpipe                                    at 8:25 AM
Finals Halfpipe                                              at 7:30 PM
Saturday, January 23rd, 2010:           Qualification Big Air                                      at 11:05 AM
Finals Big Air                                                 at 6 PM
Sunday, January 24th, 2010:             Qualification Parallel Giant Slalom               at 9 AM
Finals Parallel Giant Slalom                          at 1PM

World Cup time schedule Calgary, Canada – all local times:
Thursday, January 28th, 2010:          Qualification Slopestyle                                 at 10 AM
Friday, January 29th, 2010:               Qualification Halfpipe                                    at 10 AM
Saturday, January 30th, 2010:           Finals Slopestyle                                            at 2 PM
Semi Finals Halfpipe                                      at 5 PM
Finales Halfpipe                                             at 7 PM

Photo service:
To highlight your editorial work, feel free to use al images provided on the smugmug account of FIS: www.fis.smugmug.com <http://www.fis.smugmug.com> . Find attached some first example links for photo images which are all free of charge if adding the credit © FIS-Oliver Kraus:

SBS, Markku Koski (FIN) in Bardonecchia, ITA: http://fis.smugmug.com/Sports/LG-Snowboard-World-Cup-2008/9307631_V8yWE/1/#622280493_ip9vp-O-LB <http://fis.smugmug.com/Sports/LG-Snowboard-World-Cup-2008/9307631_V8yWE/1/#622280493_ip9vp-O-LB>
HP, Shaun White (USA) in Cardrona, NZE: http://fis.smugmug.com/Sports/LG-Snowboard-FIS-World-Cup-1/9795086_QMd7S/1/#630720623_Dkf6D-O-LB <http://fis.smugmug.com/Sports/LG-Snowboard-FIS-World-Cup-1/9795086_QMd7S/1/#630720623_Dkf6D-O-LB>
BA, Stefan Gimpl (AUT) in Quebec, CAN: http://fis.smugmug.com/Sports/LG-Snowboard-World-Cup-2008/9307631_V8yWE/1/#622270621_p89pT-O-LB <http://fis.smugmug.com/Sports/LG-Snowboard-World-Cup-2008/9307631_V8yWE/1/#622270621_p89pT-O-LB>
PGS, Jasey Jay Anderson (CAN) in Telluride, USA: http://fis.smugmug.com/Sports/LG-Snowboard-FIS-World-Cup-1/9795086_QMd7S/1/#743549512_DLtxk-O-LB <http://fis.smugmug.com/Sports/LG-Snowboard-FIS-World-Cup-1/9795086_QMd7S/1/#743549512_DLtxk-O-LB>
SBX, Action: http://fis.smugmug.com/Sports/LG-Snowboard-FIS-World-Cup-1/9795086_QMd7S/1/#745073457_DBqPw-O-LB <http://fis.smugmug.com/Sports/LG-Snowboard-FIS-World-Cup-1/9795086_QMd7S/1/#745073457_DBqPw-O-LB>

After the LG Snowboard FIS Snowboard World Cup stops in Austria, Switzerland and Canada, photos free of charge for editorial use will also be available online (if adding the credit © FIS-Oliver Kraus).

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Oliver Kraus