FIS WC Whistler/Blackcomb Dec. 12-15

WHISTLER, BC, November 20, 2002 — Presented by Bell Mobility, Snow Scene featuring the Nokia Snowboard FIS World Cup is set to descend on Whistler Blackcomb, December 12-15, 2002. Snowboard-Cross, Parallel Giant Slalom, Halfpipe and Big Air will be featured as the eyes of the international snowboard community turn to Canada’s West Coast for the seventh stop on the World Cup tour. In addition to the world-class snowboarders, an exciting line-up of Canada’s top bands, including Treble Charger, Swollen Members, Bif Naked, Rascalz and Choclair, will rock the nightclubs throughout Whistler Resort.

“As Canada’s largest wireless service provider Bell Mobility is proud to present Snow Scene 2002, says Paul Healey, President, Western Region, Bell Mobility. “We are excited to help bring together the top FIS World Cup snowboarders and Canadian bands for a fabulous event to ring in Whistler’s winter season.”

World Cup action starts on Thursday, December 12 with the Nissan Snowboard-Cross competition, featuring four snowboarders racing side-by-side down a technical course filled with tabletop jumps, banked turns, and huge rollers similar to a moto-cross course. Next up is the Parallel Giant Slalom, a discipline where two riders race head to head in drag racing style competing on mirror-image courses only five metres apart.

The Halfpipe competition gets underway on Saturday, December 14 in Blackcomb’s famed pipe. Expect huge airs and gravity-defying tricks as the world’s best riders blast out of the pipe in the hopes of soaring to victory. And closing the Nokia Snowboard FIS World Cup is the O’Neill Big Air competition, taking place on Sunday, December 15. Big Air was introduced last year with great success and serves to bring snowboarding closer to the general public through a spectacular demonstration of athleticism, acrobatics, and snowboarding prowess.

Whistler/Blackcomb welcomes back some of snowboarding’s most prestigious riders from over 20 nations, including top placing 2002 Olympians; Takaharu Nakai (JPN), Markku Koski (FIN) and Karine Ruby (FRA) as well as World Cup Tour Veterans; Magnus Sterner (SWE) and Dejan Kosir (SLO).

Top Canadian riders to watch for include Mike Michalchuk, Guillaume Morriset, Trevor Andrew and Natasza Zurek (Halfpipe), Drew Neilson and Dominique Vallee (Snowboard-Cross), and Jasey Jay Anderson, Mark Fawcett and Jerome Sylvestre (PGS).

Nokia Snowboard FIS World Cup Schedule at Whistler/Blackcomb (events held in Blackcomb’s Terrain Park):

Thursday, December 12
10am, Snowboard-Cross Qualifying
1pm, Snowboard-Cross Finals

Friday, December 13
9:30am, Parallel Giant Slalom Qualifying
1pm, Parallel Giant Slalom Finals

Saturday, December 14
9am, Halfpipe Qualifying
1:45pm, Halfpipe Finals

Sunday, December 15
11am, Big Air Qualifying
12:30pm, Big Air Finals

The Nokia Snowboard FIS World Cup is managed and hosted by Vancouver’s MASEV Communications Inc., the Canadian Snowboard Federation and Whistler/Blackcomb. Snow Scene is presented by Bell Mobility, Coors Light, Nissan, O’Neill, Government of Canada, Xerox, Thrifty, MTV Canada, CBC Sports, The Province, CFOX, The Beat, Mountain FM, The Pique and KVOS TV. World Cup events will be taped for a 2-hour broadcast on CBC Sports on Saturday December 28, 2002.