The Okanagan might be hosting some of the world’s best snowboarders next winter.
Big White Ski Resort is shooting to host an FIS World Cup Snowboard Cross event early in 2020. A site inspection was held at Telus Park last week with Jeff Ihaski, a world-recognized snowcross builder, and he liked what he saw.
“To tell you the truth, the venue is awesome,” Ihaski told Big White’s website. “We’re just finding the top section to be pretty tight and steep, so we’re trying to find ways to run that.”
Ihaski has been building snowcross courses for the Olympics since 2006, and he will report his Big White findings back to Canada Snowboard.
If Big White can land an FIS event, it would join world-renowned mountains like Whistler-Blackcomb, France’s Chamonix and Switzerland’s Verbier.
“Big White, quite honestly, deserves it,” Ihaski told the website. “Big White’s been really a standout in western Canada for supporting amateur sports. I think this is really the next step of something that was a long time coming for them.”
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