In Tignes the round of the tour will be the Winter X Games Qualifier and Half-Pipe World Cup Final, which will run from Sunday 6th to Thursday 10th March. What you can expect across the five days is the largest freestyle ski competition in Europe, which offers some high adrenalin and strong competition to professional snowsports riders. There are four major events in the international calendar in what are two new Olympic disciplines: halfpipe and slopestyle.
As these are indeed Olympic-style events, you can expect that all of the competitors will be taking this contest very seriously and using it as a practice ahead of future Olympic games. One of the best things about this competition is that it's an open forum, meaning that professionals and amateurs can sign up to the three categories that are available: Men, Women and Juniors. Even though this competition is open to all, it stands to reason that those who want to take part will need to have a significant amount of previous experience in their chosen category, as there will be a high standard of competition over the four days.
An introduction to ski touring at Val Thorens
This sport, although niche, has a strong following of dedicated enthusiasts, although if it's going to be your first time heading up the hills don't worry, you'll be accompanied by experts at this event. Ski touring is an excellent sport to get into, it can be difficult and challenging due to the incline of the mountains, but most find that this is the aspect that is most rewarding.
Of course, trying ski touring in Val Thorens is going to be particularly exciting for you, thanks to the stunning views that encapsulate the area. Located in the Savoie region of the French Alps, Val Thorens is attractive and delectable, as this is where some of the best cheese can be found in the whole country. You'll need something delicious after working hard during ski touring and a tartiflette can be an excellent treat at the end of a sporty evening.
Swatch Freeride World Tour in Chamonix
As one of the most famous skiing areas in the world, it's little wonder that this freeriding tour has found a home in Chamonix. The action returns to this area of the French Alps on Sunday 6th February and is known as the most intense and exciting freeride competition around the globe. This contest is sponsored by tough outdoor brand The North Face and is the face of tough outdoor competition at its best.
This world tour is currently in its 8th year and it features both men and women's ski and snowboard events, making it interesting for almost any kind of snowsports spectator. It's a great event for a group of friends, or for the whole family as the riders aren't just competing against themselves, they're also faced with the challenge of the mountain itself!
Frostgun freestyle competition comes back to Val d'Isere
The Frostgun Invitational features some of the best riders in the world who are known for their stunning and sometimes dangerous looking stunts. You won't want to miss this competition, because it was one of the first freestyle riding competitions and for this reason, it holds much respect with riders all over the world. In fact Frostgun is the world's only big air competition and is held in Val d'Isere every year thanks to its range of excellent pistes and reliable weather conditions.
This contest is on the same level as the X Games and features a jump that is 46ft high with a massive 98ft gap to push the world's best competitors to their limits. This jump is a custom-built feature and it has glory and cash prizes at the end of it that all the professionals will be hoping to take home with them. Some of the contenders taking part will be Nick Goepper, Vincent Gagnier and Elias Ambuhl, who are previous X Games medalists and Elias is a previous Frostgun winner.
The Rondes Nocturnes Savoie Mont Blanc comes to Chamonix
The competition tests the agility and speed of professional skiers, it takes place at night and takes the form of a team sprinting relay. It consists of two runners who take it in turns to race around an 800 metre loop against other teams. The Argentiere Sports Club are the ones hosting the stage in Chamonix, which will take place on Wednesday 3rd February. This particular part of the competition combines high levels of competition and a wonderful performance in the heart of one of the most beautiful resorts in the Savoie region of the Alps.
One of the best things about this competition is that it is open to just about anyone. You are welcome to come and join in the fun, whether you are a beginner or if you are a large or small cross-country skier. A particularly good feature of this competition for families is that any age can take part, so a parent can team up with their little one, if they like! There will be room for everyone because there are a wide range of level groupings, purposefully done so that no one is excluded from the skiing action.
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