Big White could see snow at this time next week.
The resort is making plans for this year’s Para Snowboard World Cup to return to Big White in December.
Last February’s event was so successful that the resort and organizers are thrilled to announce that the 9th episode titled “Welcome to Paradise” will be back.
“Para-snowboard athletes love the Big White course and they love the easy access to the mountain,” said Big White Vice President Michael J. Ballingall.
If Mother Nature cooperates, they could make snow to start building the course in mid-October. Ballingall says Big White only makes snow at the Telus Snowpark, so having this event in December will ensure the park is open and ready to go for locals and visitors alike for Christmas.
“We’ve never had the budget to spend on making snow in the park, it’s really expensive. With the grant we get from Canada Snowboard. It will literally not only guarantee us a course, but it will guarantee us the Snowbaord Park for Christmas,” says Ballingall.
“Big White is taking on the challenge of making a Para World Cup happen in December, it will take a massive effort and shows how passionate they are to bring the Para World Cup back to Big White,” Dustin said. Heise, Executive Director/CEO. Snowboarding Canada.
Big White held their first Para Snowboard competition in 2013 and championed the events in Canada. The resort hosted these events in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, Para World Championships, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021 canceled due to COVID and 2022. This year will also see all para snowboard events move to the International Ski Federation. as a sanctioning body and no longer the International Paralympic Snowboard Federation.
“The story of this event and the relationship between BC Snowboard and Big White has been that we (BC Snowboard) do everything administratively and Big White does everything on the snow. We work inside and they work outside. said Cathy Astofooroff, executive director of the BC Snowboard Association. “Big White’s Flynn Seddon took the Para event with a passion. He worked with athletes and coaches to design and build exactly what they needed and wanted to ride. BC Snowboard and Big White organize events together for over 25 years. We are all family here.
The Canadian para-snowboard team currently has several Paralympic and World Championship medalists in its ranks.
“Having a World Cup at home is so great because having your friends and family to come and watch your race after a long season of travel is always nice. Hopefully this year with the covid restrictions no longer in force, I hope to see families, friends, people from the area come and cheer us on at home. For me, there is no added pressure to be at home, it’s a huge bonus to have friends and family there to cheer us on. It absolutely pushes me as hard as I can for a podium spot,” says Beijing 2022 Paralympic Games gold and bronze medalist Tyler Turner. .