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January 12, 2015 - Big White Ski Resort to Host IPC Para-snowboard World Cup 2015
Resort to provide facilities for third consecutive year.
For the third consecutive year, Big White Ski Resort will host the IPC Para-snowboard World Cup on January 17th and 19th, 2015. This is the first event in Canada following the sport's debut in the Sochi 2014 Paralympics.
Highlights of the weekends events will feature Canadian Paralympians Michelle Salt and John Leslie who are confirmed to take on Paralympic gold medalists Evan Strong (USA) and Bibian Mentel (Netherlands).
Para-snowboarding is a new, exciting and growing sport that showcases snowboard athletes and their abilities. Para-snowboard competitor's elite athleticism and technical skills are a thrill to watch, and the challenges they have overcome are truly inspiring.
At the World Cup Event at Big White Ski Resort, athletes will compete in two disciplines, Snowboardcross and Banked Slalom. Snowboardcross showcases two riders racing head to head at speeds in excess of 50km/hour, down a technical course which features rollers, jumps, banked turns and tabletops. The fastest rider to cross the finish line in each heat, advance to the next round until the final heat determines the winner. Banked Slalom is a timed event much like skiing slalom, where riders race one at a time, but utilizes banked turns on an undulating course that follows the natural terrain. These exciting spectator events are extreme in nature and require dedicated training and incredible athleticism from all of the participants.
The 2015 Para World Cup is organized by BC Snowboard Association, and sanctioned by Canada Snowboard, Canadian Paralympic Committee and the International Paralympic Committee. The Organizing Committee would like to thank the host mountain Big White Ski Resort, and the Government of Canada for their ongoing support for Para-snowboarding.
On Friday January 16th at 12:00pm, riders Michelle Salt, John Leslie, Evan Strong and Bibian Mentel will be available for interviews at Big White Ski Resort. For interview requests please contact Erin Wilkins 604-649-4836, firstname.lastname@example.org, or Tim O'Brien 604-905-8159, email@example.com.
Big White offers up big outdoor adventures in the heart of the Okanagan Valley. Nestled in the picturesque Monashee Mountain range, Big White Ski Resort is just 45 minutes from Kelowna International Airport. Boasting Canada's largest ski-in, ski-out resort village, Big White can accommodate more than 17,000 guests. And all that winter fun hasn't gone unnoticed. Big White has racked up numerous accolades, such as the people's choice for 2014 Family Ski Resort of the Year.