January 2011 is announced to be a real treat for snow sports fans from Denver, Colorado and from across the nation. For the first time on American snow, the Big Air World Cup competition will bring the crème de la crème of Big Air snowboarding to Denver. And, at the end of the month, the SIA Snow Show, the largest gathering of professionals from the snow sports industry will be hosted for the first time by the Denver Convention Center, after taking place in Las Vegas for almost four decades.
Big Air is a competition of extreme snowboarding and skiing. Contestants speed down huge man-made ramps and engage in mind blowing jumps and tricks. The daredevils who execute the longest and highest jumps, or those who dazzle the audience with their physics-defying tricks get to take home the grand trophy.
Denver’s Big Air event is set to take place between January 25th and 26th on a specially constructed ramp placed in the Civic Center Park from downtown Denver. The event is a part of the LG FIS World Cup Snowboard Big Air, a competition where the best extreme snowboarders in the world compete for the admiration of the crowds and for the substantial prizes. Denver is the first American city to host a Big Air World stage, which puts the Mile High City in the select company of metropolises like London, Moscow or Seoul.
The athletes will race their way down a massive ramp, which at 101 feet high, 300 feet long, and 80 feet wide is among the largest ever built for Big Air competitions. The golden dome of the State Capitol building will provide the perfect backdrop for the breath taking twists and jumps executed by the world’s best snowboarders.
The international competition will be kicked off by the Nature Valley Big Air Challenge, an event dedicated to the local snow athletes, including Denver native Bobby Brown, the reigning X Games champion. After this warm up, the ramp will be taken by storm by the big boys of extreme snowboarding.
The Big Air competitions and the Snow Show will be part of Snowfest, a week long celebration of winter sports that is set to draw more than 20,000 spectators to Denver, Colorado. To add to the attraction, the organizers have invited two big label bands two warm up the atmosphere in the Civic Center Park. Grammy nominated band Switchfoot, along with Colorado natives and international stars, One Republic will rock downtown Denver, between the preliminary stage of the Big Air competition and the grand finals.
Proving its reputation as a world capital of snow sports and outdoor activities, Denver, Colorado will be this January the international epicenter of extreme snowboarding and skiing.