Tignes (France). After a break of two months from the season opener in Valle Nevado, Chile, the participants of the 2001/2002 Nokia Snowboard FIS World Cup were looking forward to continueing the series in Tignes, scheduled for 15 through 18 November. Due to a mechanical failure of the Halfpipe grooming maching during the preparation of the pipe, training had to be cancelled on both Tuesday and Wednesday. A Halfpipe grooming machine was brought in from Chamrousse but the smaller cutters were not strong enough to work on the icy ground so the qualification also did not happen today. Even if the problem was fixed tonight the race jury decided, due to a lack of training time, it was in the best interests of the competitors to delay the competition until Monday to allow the competitors more training in the halfpipe. With the new program the riders are offered the maximum amount of training according to World Cup rules:
Friday, 16 NovemberNo competitionSnowboard Cross trainingHalfpipe training depending on the preparation process
Saturday, 17 NovemberSnowboard Cross 10:00 qualification 13:00 finalsHalfpipe training
Sunday, 18 NovemberParallel Giant Slalom 09:30 qualification 13:00 finals
Monday, 19 NovemberHalfpipe (qualification and finals – timings to be confirmed)
As far as the third World Cup stage in Kaprun, Austria, is concerned, the snow conditions caused another change of schedule: The amount of snow is not sufficiant to built a Snowboard Cross so ist has to be cancelled. At the same time the Parallel Slalom was moved to Friday, followed by the Parallel Giant on Saturday. Sunday will be kept as a reserve day.