Quebec, Friday, Dec. 12th 2008 ? Martial De Rome, president of the Quebec World Cup Snowboard Inc., announced the presentation of 4 rather than 3 World Cup disciplines this year! On Saturday February 21st, 2009, Quebec City will be hosting the LG Snowboard FIS World Cup ? Big Air discipline. This very spectacular discipline will take place in the downtown area of the city, as in many European cities, in the Parc de l’Ilot Fleuri, close to the Dufferin-Montmorency interchange. Quebec City has once again charmed an international sport federation and brought it to add another World Cup in Quebec!
Chantal Lachance, vice-president of Gestev, a company specializing in events management, was glad to announce another substantial event in the region. " It’s another great opportunity to show an oversized project that will for sure give the city a young, trendy and lively showcase, and this, in preparation for the 2013 World Championships."
Big Air discipline ?!?
A Big Air is basically a huge jump. Riders depart from the top of the course to obtain an optimal speed before reaching a jump from which they do an aerial movement before landing in a specific area. It can be compared to aerials in freestyle skiing.
The impressive structure ? 40 m high and 110 m long ? implies putting up very imposing scaffoldings! In order to secure the structure, build up started on Dec. 1st so that it gets stabilized in the frozen ground. A 2nd round of work will be conducted at the beginning of February. This second round of work’s goal is to install the floors of the structure to support 14,000 cubic feet of snow. Meanwhile, inquisitive people will still be able to drive their cars under the structure on St.Vallier Street!
With a Half Pipe of Olympic level and the Big Air in the downtown area, snowboarding is honoured in Quebec. Furthermore, Quebec City is the only location amongst the 20 cities of the World Cup circuit to present 4 disciplines. In addition to the World Cup ? Big Air discipline, the Snowboard Jamboree hosts the Half Pipe, Parallel Giant Slalom and Snowboardcross disciplines, also at the World Cup level. The festival takes place in Stoneham Mountain Resort, from February 18th to 22nd.
Preparation towards the 2013 World Championships
The spectacular structure in the downtown area is directly linked with the decision of the FIS to grant the 2013 Snowboard World Championships to Quebec. "We had to hold this discipline and show that we are able to do it in an urban context. It is also in our philosophy to bring the mountain to the city" added Chantal Lachance. It is the first time in history that the FIS grants to the province of Quebec a World Championships, all board sports taken together.
What is the Snowboard Jamboree?
It is THE grand happy snowboard and lifestyle gathering…
In addition to being a step of the World Cup circuit, Snowboard Jamboree also offers lots of freestyle amateur side-events such as the Stairsmasters, the Kinky Rail Jam, the Jambo Jam Open, the FitSpirit Snow Challenge, and the RBC Riders. It is the perfect opportunity for our future athletes to learn more about their sport and be able to participate to a safe and organized competition oriented towards their level and needs, and this, at the mountain resort as well as in the city.
LG/FIS World Cups that will happen during the Snowboard Jamboree are all sanctioned and organized by the Canadian Snowboard Federation (CSF).
To see the 3D video of the infrastructure: http://www.snowjamboree.com/bigair
This 3D video is also available on DVD. Please request if needed.
Source: Marie-Claire D’Aoust Gestev Media Relations Director ? Special Projects Cell. 418.802.6275 firstname.lastname@example.org