Stoneham will be the first snow resort in Quebec to host a snowboard World Championship. The FIS championship takes place Jan 18-27, the largest snowboarding event leading up to the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.
As host of eight consecutive editions of the FIS World Snowboard Cup since 2005, Stoneham Mountain Resort was an obvious location for the event in Canada. To prep, the resort has become the only National Halfpipe Training Centre on the east coast, and has extended its Olympic halfpipe, now lying 15 metres uphill, from 130 to 145 metres. This enhancement allows professional athletes to squeeze in an extra jump into every run [5 instead of 4].
For the first time, slopestyle will also be part of the Winter Olympics in 2014. Integrated into the World Cup network since last year, the discipline is still in its youth. In time for the Championships, Stoneham plans to increase its slopestyle course’s difficulty level with larger and more spectacular structures compared to last season.
Accommodation: For the occasion, Condos & Hotel Stoneham will be offering a 15% discount on ski-in ski-out lodging (during the week days only).
For more info: www.ski-stoneham.com or 1.800.463.6888 x710.
Photo of Hugo LeMay by Olivier Croteau, courtesy of Stoneham Mountain Resort.
SnowOnline Editor: Lori Knowles