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First Parallel Freeride Contest at Corvatsch ENGADINSNOW in Silvaplana is waiting with a new freeride format

Everything is ready for the 11th ENGADINSNOW. Perfect snow conditions are waiting for the freeriders at Corvatsch. The stage is free for the first parallel freeride contest worldwide.

On Friday, 1st February, the highlight of this year’s ENGADINSNOW takes place, the Parallel Freeride Contest. Due to bad weather conditions on Saturday, the world premiere of this event format had to be switched to Friday. In knockout rounds, the winner advances to the next round. To provide the athletes additional opportunities, the run is equipped with freestyle elements. Eight skiers and four snowboarders start in the Parallel Freeride Contest. Parts of it are popular names such as Ueli Kestenholz or Matt Annetts. “This contest will be fascinating and spectacular for the audience. I’m glad to be part of it”, says Flo Orley. The snowboard legend from Austria belongs to the invited riders as well.

Many strong competitors The riders of the “Freeride World Qualifier Tour” open this year’s ENGADINSNOW. Around 130 skiers and snowboarders are participating and are collecting points to get a high ranking at the end of the season. The qualifying is on Thursday, 31st January. In addition, the first three skiers and the best snowboarder qualify themselves for the Parallel Freeride Contest and challenge the invited stars. One can be curious about the performance of Gian Ragettli, Swiss rookie and junior world champion. But also the Swiss Patrick Ambühl and the French Leo Slemett want to convince with flowing lines.

First Freestyle Ski World Cup at Corvatsch After the Engadinsnow, the Corvatsch stages a further event highlight. The Corvatsch Snowpark hosts the FIS Freestyle Ski World Cup Tour. From 6th until 8th February, 2013, a slopestyle contest (men and women) takes place. This is the first Slopestyle World Cup ever in Switzerland. As Slopestyle is a new Olympic discipline in Sochi 2014, valuable points have to be collected. 170 freeskiers are expected for this event. In Switzerland’s point of view, the two X-Games medal winners Kai Mahler and Elias Ambühl are promising candidates for a top position.

Program Engadinsnow: Thursday, 31st January: Qualifying Freeride World Qualifier Friday, 1st February: Parallel Freeride Contest

Media contact: Engadinsnow Christian Mueller +41 79 309 30 00  FIS Freestyle Ski World Cup Franco Furger +41 (0)81 838 73 05/ +41 (0)79 476 59 49


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