World’s best at Big White

The Snowboardcross World Cup is coming to the Okanagan next year.

Big White will host the Barrels & Berms Snowboardcross World Cup next January  20 – 27. This will be the first Snowboardcross World Cup in Canada since 2013.

The event will feature both an individual World Cup and a team event World Cup. As part of the Barrels & Berms event, the region’s renowned culinary and beverage culture will be showcased at festivities and parties at the resort throughout the week.

Big White Ski Resort, BC Snowboard and Canada Snowboard will host the Worlds best snowboardcross athletes to battle it out for the title of World Cup Champion. The event is a part of the Canada Snowboard World Cup Snowboard Tour.

Current National Champion and top Canadian at the 2018 Olympics (9th) Tess Critchlow, from Kelowna, grew up riding at Big White Ski Resort. “It will mean a lot to compete in our home country again, and even more at my home mountain! I think it will be a super exciting atmosphere up at Big White during the races. Big White and B.C., in general, is such a beautiful place and has so much to offer. It’s easy to fall in love with the breathtaking views, vibrant food scene and friendly culture. I think competitors and viewers alike will really enjoy being here for the event,” said Critchlow.

Michael J. Ballingall, Sr. Vice President, Sales & Marketing at Big White Ski Resort LTD. commented “way back when we were one of the first resorts in Canada to embrace snowboarding, we built TELUS park and we welcomed the snowboard fraternity to one of the only dedicated superpipes and dedicated snowboardcross courses in Canada and now we will roll out the red carpet and welcome the world as we proudly host a World Cup Snowboardcross next year.”

Dustin Heise, Executive Director of Canada Snowboard said, “Big White is the perfect location to host the Snowboardcross World Cup as it has the ideal terrain for a world-class course and has been a tremendous partner with a wealth of experience in hosting major Snowboardcross events. Canada Snowboard will have a World Cup event in 2020 for every snowboard discipline. Creating a pinnacle event for all of our competition disciplines is a major leap for the sport in Canada and we’re thrilled to have this event as part of the tour.”

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