Whistler’s FIS Big Air Cancelled

WHISTLER, BC, December 10, 2002 — Whistler’s Bell Mobility Snow Scene featuring the Nokia Snowboard FIS World Cup, taking place this weekend December 12-15 in Whistler, has announced two schedule changes. Friday’s Parallel Giant Slalom has been changed to the Coors Light Parallel Slalom (PSL), and Sunday’s Big Air event has been cancelled by the FIS. The Nissan Halfpipe remains unchanged for Saturday.

“The Parallel Slalom event is run on a course which is narrower than the Parallel Giant Slalom, allowing us to achieve the required snow depths on course, says Mark Taylor, Event Chairman, MASEV Communications Inc. “Whistler Blackcomb crews have been working diligently to prepare the Blackcomb Terrain Park for the competitions, but a mild weather system has prevented the necessary snowmaking to occur and has forced the FIS to cancel Big Air. 13cm of new snow fell last night though with colder temperatures and more snow on the way, so the Parallel Slalom and Halfpipe are in good shape.

Saturday’s Halfpipe will run as planned and will feature morning qualifying events for both men and women, with the finals getting underway at 1:30pm. Canadian team member and Vancouver-native Maelle Ricker, currently tied for first in World Cup standings, will strive to cement her lead in this home turf competition. Last year’s Halfpipe results saw a Canadian sweep in the men’s competition with Daniel Migneault, Guillaume Morriset and Mike Michalchuk taking the top three spots respectively. All three men have a shot at the podium on Saturday, and the hometown crowds will be there to cheer them on.

Jasey Jay Anderson from Mt. Tremblant, Quebec, last year’s FIS Overall World Cup Champion, is also one to watch in this Parallel Slalom event after his recent third place finish in Tandadalen, Sweden. Canadian veteran Mark Fawcett will compete in his final World Cup competition during Friday’s Nissan Parallel Slalom.

Leading international athletes from 20 nations are about to descend on Whistler Blackcomb for this seventh stop on the Nokia Snowboard FIS World Cup Tour. The Tour travels to Stoneham, Quebec next weekend and then on to Salzburg, Austria for the first stop of the New Year.

Nokia Snowboard FIS World Cup Schedule at Whistler/Blackcomb:

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

Saturday, December 14
9am Nissan Halfpipe Qualifying
1:30pm Nissan Halfpipe 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, O’Neill, Coors Light, Nissan, 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.

$1 from every concert ticket sold in Whistler from December 12 to 15 will be donated to The Province Empty Stocking Fund.

For Nokia Snowboard FIS World Cup points standings and information, please visit the official FIS website at www.fis-ski.com. For accommodation deals call 1-800-WHISTLER. Extreme Sports Series Concert tickets are available at 604-938-2769. Information and volunteer applications are available at www.snowscene.ca.