Slopestyle & Halfpipe

Snow Rodeo - FIS Snowboard Slopestyle & Halfpipe World Cups

Snow Rodeo - FIS Snowboard Slopestyle & Halfpipe World Cup
February 6 - 12, 2023

 

June 22, 2022. Vancouver, B.C., February 6 – 12 will see the Snow Rodeo return to Calgary, Alberta for the third instalment of the event. 2023 will see the event host both a FIS Snowboard Slopestyle World Cup and a FIS Snowboard Halfpipe World Cup showcasing the best of the best in Winsport, Canada Olympic Park’s world-class venues. Winsport will again be the venue having built three very successful past events and the city of Calgary will see the World’s best freestyle snowboarders descend on it for a weeklong festival of style and acrobatic trickery.

"Calgary is home to the best rodeos on earth and the Snow Rodeo is no exception. Last year’s event, held between Christmas and New Year’s, ran through some really challenging times with a global pandemic in full swing but despite all the challenges the event was a total success. This year will see a halfpipe World Cup as well as the Slopestyle World Cup which I am really looking forward to seeing come back to life after a few years break. Canada’s halfpipe program is going through some positive changes and Calgary will be home to our national halfpipe program moving forward. We have some great riders currently with real strength and progression in our women so hopefully the Snow Rodeo will be a chance for them to dominate. Dustin Heise, CEO of Canada Snowboard 

The Canadian team comes off the back of another highly successful Olympics with multiple medals and outstanding performances from our riders in both men’s and women’s Slopestyle as well as real depth in the talent coming through the pathway including the current junior World Champion and new faces that will bring the fight to the bigger name riders. One of the advantages of hosting World Cups in Canada is the ability to have more of our team getting starts based on the way that the FIS quota system works. This enables more Canadians to compete at Elite level which allows for the Next Gen team to give the World Cup their best ride. 

"We are stoked to have the Snow Rodeo coming back to Canada. This event is a great opportunity for our younger team members to gain World Cup experience at a venue they are familiar with." Elliot Catton, Canada’s national Slopestyle & Big Air coach. 

 “2 years ago I went to the Snow Rodeo as a Nextgen rider, and after a crazy experience I ended up on the podium in one of my first ever world cups! This past year after sustaining an injury during training I wasn’t able to compete and it hit hard. With another opportunity coming up this year at the Snow Rodeo and an opportunity to compete on home soil in Canada, I’m going back even more motivated to get back on that podium!”  Liam Brearley, Canada's National Team Slopestyle athlete

After not being able to compete in front of my family for the past two years it means so much to have the opportunity to show my family and friends what I’ve been working on especially in my home pipe." Brooke d’Hondt, Canada's National Team Halfpipe athlete

Canada Snowboard has a strong history of major events. This year’s Shred the North Series of World Cups covers all snowboarding disciplines spanning the country. Canada will be the only country to be hosting a World Cup in every snowboard discipline cementing its position in the sport globally and supporting our current and future athletes with High Performance opportunities required to be World Leading. The Shred the North Series of major events provide valuable courses and infrastructure for development opportunities to ensure the sport’s long-term success. 

"Winsport is excited to host the return of the world’s best Snowboard slopestyle and Half pipe athletes to compete at the World Cup Snow Rodeo at Winsport’s Canada Olympic Park.  This event has become and annual highlight on the schedule for Calgary and all the local riders to come out and watch the best." Mike Tanner, Executive Director Facilities WinSport Canada.

"The Alberta Snowboard Association is proudly partnered with Canada Snowboard and the Government of Alberta to bring the best in the snowboard world to Alberta in 2023. The combination of the Shred the North World Cup events will provide Albertans with a great opportunity to watch the world’s best riders!" Chris Lewis, President of Alberta Snowboard

A huge thanks goes out to our funding partners at Sport Canada, the Government of Alberta and Tourism Calgary for helping inspire kids to get into sport and making Alberta one of the hosting powerhouses for snowboard World Cups in Canada. 

Further details including detailed schedules, and additional festival elements will be announced over the summer and into the fall.    

  

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