Whistler, BC (December 3, 2001) – Epic snowmaking conditions combined withover 4 feet of snowfall in the last 7 days have prepped the competitionsites on Blackcomb Mountain for the Nokia Snowboard FIS World Cup, December6-9. Over 200 of the world’s best snowboarders have arrived in Whistler tocompete in 2 Halfpipe events, the Audi Snowboard-Cross and Bell MobilityParallel Giant Slalom for over $200,000 in prize money. The event moves toits second venue on December 11, when Grouse Mountain plays host to NorthAmerica’s first ever FIS World Cup Big Air, presented by West 49 and XFM.

The Whistler/Grouse event is number five on the fifteen stop Nokia SnowboardFIS World Cup tour presented by D2 Vodafone and Grundig, and boasts thelargest prize purse of any North American stop on the tour with $200,000been awarded. A second Halfpipe event was recently added to the Whistler schedule that will be held December 7, serving as a make up event for one originally scheduled for the FIS World Cup stop at Mont Ste. Anne cancelled due to lack of snow. Additional importance will be placed on the Whistler event as athletes begin the final countdown to the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City and national teams finalize their Olympic representatives. Top Canadians to watch for include Mike Michalchuk, Trevor Andrew, Guillaume Morisset and Natasza Zurek (Halfpipe); Drew Neilson and Candice Drouin (Snowboard-Cross), Kevin Sansalone and Jesse Fox (Big Air), Mark Fawcett (PGS) and Canada’s most promising Gold Medallist, Jasey Jay Anderson who will compete in both PGS and Snowboard-Cross.

Whistler Event Schedule: (All events in Blackcomb Mountain’s Terrain Park)Wednesday, December 5 Press Conference (4pm in Whistler ConferenceCentre) Featuring top internationalathletes and the Canadian National Snowboard Team

Thursday, December 6 Audi Snowboard-Cross

Friday, December 7 Halfpipe Competition #1 (Mont Ste Annemake up event)

Saturday, December 8 Halfpipe Competition #2

Sunday, December 9 Bell Mobility Parallel Giant Slalom

Grouse Event Schedule: (Top of Grouse Mountain, accessible on foot via theSkyRide)

Tuesday, December 11 Big Air, presented by West 49 and XFM(night event)

Mix Master Mike & Rascalz on Nokia Big Beat Stage, presented by Bell Mobility

The Nokia Snowboard FIS World Cup is managed and hosted by Vancouver’s MASEVCommunications Inc., the Canadian Snowboard Federation, Whistler/Blackcomband Grouse Mountain Resort.