(LAAX, Switzerland – 5 December 2019) – The Flims-Laax-Falera destination in Graubünden has begun daily winter service. LAAX has even been elected as the ‘world’s best freestyle resort’ at the World Ski Awards for the fourth time in succession. The slopes and parks up on the mountain are growing, and this is all clear from afar thanks to the Inside LAAX app. The longing for winter, snow and freestyle arises. LAAX is starting off the new decade with the top-class international event, the LAAX OPEN, from 13 to 18 January 2020. This is the perfect opportunity to celebrate and be amazed.

 

High-class performances at FIS World Cup and OPEN competition

Shaun White, Chloe Kim, Iouri Podladtchikov, Jamie Anderson, Kelly Clark, David Wise – all of these riders have been victorious at one of the prestigious OPEN competitions in LAAX and at the Olympics. Pitting oneself against others in competition is an age-old concept. The World Cup is the highest officially recognised sporting stage this season. And top-class performance is again guaranteed in 2020 at the finals of the Slopestyle (12 p.m. on 17/1/2020) and Halfpipe (5.30 p.m. on 18/1/2020) events, when the world’s top professional snowboarders lay on their tricks in the battle for points, titles and prize money. Starting in this winter the LAAX OPEN will also feature a more playful method of expression.

 

LAAX OPEN TAG TEAM crossover slopestyle session

The premiere of the LAAX OPEN TAG TEAM crossover slopestyle session, a new type of side event, is eagerly anticipated. This is a freestyle showcase that will play out in the top part of the Kicker Pro-Line. For the first time freeskiers and snowboarders will go united for a title. They will be part of mixed teams, of which there will be six in total. Each team consists of a snowboarder, a freeskier and a woman. The same applies to the composition of the judges, who will assess the overall impression of the freestyle squads. The lady of the jury is already in place: Nicola Thost. Who will join the first ever snowboard halfpipe Olympic champion and score the decisive point to make it to the next round?

The LAAX OPEN TAG TEAM is clearly organised for spectators and gives free rein to the riders’ creativity. The knockout-style approach will enrich the whole event and promote freestyle at its purest. The action begins at 12.30 p.m. on Saturday 18 January 2020 on Crap Sogn Gion.

 

The complete press release and program will be published in the attachment and is available online at www.laax.com/open.