Courtesy of World Of Freesports
The LAAX OPEN will take place for the fourth year in succession from 14 to 19 January 2019 and will include Europe’s most important and prestigious snowboarding competition for slopestyle and the halfpipe. It is based on a tradition of freestyle movement, which LAAX has been establishing with these events for over three decades. Like in tennis and golf, OPEN events are also the most illustrious competitions in snowboarding. With additionally a whole host of side events bringing the LAAX roots into the modern world, the LAAX OPEN is the showpiece in the riders’, fans’ and iconic-devotees’ calendar. A high-quality field is guaranteed at the FIS Snowboard World Cup: prestigious titles, highest amount of world ranking points and CHF 200,000 in prize money are up for grabs. On the innovative slopestyle course, the leading freestylers wow the spectators with new tricks on the rail and bold aerial moves as well as with crazy rotations and stylish airs on the over 200-metre-long superpipe. The list of winners of the LAAX OPEN includes well-known Olympic medal winners from all over the world, such as Mark McMorris (CAN), Max Parrot (CAN), Ayumu Hirano (JPN), Iouri Podladtchikov (SUI), Chloe Kim (USA), Jiayu Liu (CHN), Jamie Anderson (USA) and Enni Rukajärvi (FIN). The absolute highlight of the LAAX OPEN 2019 will be the halfpipe finals – when night turns into day at 2,252 metres above sea level, when darkness is summoned ‘spot on’ and when the floodlights light up the superpipe, the speaker begins the countdown and the spectators cheer wildly. When the world’s top riders drop in and finally do battle for the coveted LAAX OPEN 2019 titles, it’s simply incredible! The action does not stop after the main sport event, as live music and performances will keep everyone’s spirits high after the awards ceremony under the night sky. This is freestyle at its best – as it is lived and breathed in LAAX.