Les Gets/Morzine (FRA). With the millenium’s first event the NOKIA Snowboard FIS World Cup 1999/2000 will continue next weekend in Les Gets and Morzine, France. Both venues are situated next to each other at the so-called “Portes du Soleil” in the “Haute Savoie”, opened to the Chablais and the Faucigny mountains, between Lac Lemon and the Mont Blanc. Les Gets and Morzine combine the season’s sixth stage featuring exciting head-to-head races in Snowboard Cross and Parallel Slalom.

Les Gets will open up the event with a Snowboard Cross on 08 January. After two races Pontus Stahlkloo from Sweden is leading the World Cup standings so far ahead of France’s Sylvian Duclos and Guillaume Nantermod from Switzerland. While the latter mentioned takes part in the World Cup for the first time this year, Duclos as last year’s Snowboard Cross World Cup champion needs to be considered as one of the contenders for the crystal globe in this discipline this season also.

Marie Laissus from France is in the lead in the womens’ SBX ranking ahead of Sandra Farmand from Germany and the French Julie Pomagalski. Last year’s champion Ursula Fingerlos from Austria is currently in 14th position but there are still a lot Snowboard Cross races to come where she could catch up with the current leaders.

The season’s first Parallel Slalom will be held at Morzine on 09 January. However, a World Cup ranking is already in place since the parallel events in Giant Slalom also count for the standings.

With the reigning Parallel Slalom World Champions Nicolas Huet and Isabelle Blanc, France is in the lead in both the mens’ and the womens’ category but quite a few others also need to be taken into consideration for the title. Among those are Stephen Copp from Sweden, currently in second place ahead of Austria’s Stefan Kaltschütz. Sandra Farmand and Margherita Parini from Italy take second and third place in the World Cup ranking so far.

Pure excitement in head-to-head races can be expected for the upcoming weekend though.