Grandvalira becomes firmly established as a major European Freestyle competition venue by organising the Eighth Total Fight Masters of Freestyle 2012. The most outstanding event of its kind in southern Europe, the competition will bring the finest slopestylers on the international scene to Andorra on two consecutive weekends: March 22-24 is devoted to snowboarding, March 29-31 to freeskiing.
So, Grandvalira will host two weeks of the best Freestyle at the El Tarter snowpark, the organisers having decided to separate the two disciplines this time around (both had taken place over a single weekend in previous years). By doing this, rather than repeating the reduced format of earlier editions, the aim is to ensure that each event shines in its own light. Moreover, night-time jibbing, exhibitions, parties and gifts will all help to spread Freestyle fever amongst the public!
Thanks to the quality of the site and the excellent organisation of the Total Fight, the AFP (Association of Freeskiing Professionals) has made Grandvalira a silver class venue on its circuit, making this the first ski resort in the Pyrenees or the Iberian Peninsula to host an event on the AFP international calendar. For their part, the leading snowboarders will compete at a four-star venue as part of the Snowboard Swatch TTR world circuit.Future plans at the largest skiable domain in the Pyrenees, which has long supported and promoted Freestyle, including moves to obtain a fifth Ticket to Ride star.
A Slopestyle circuit to challenge the best
The growing prestige of the El Tarter snowpark, along with the points at stake in the overall standings and the large cash prizes, will attract riders of the highest calibre to Grandvalira. The star competitors include Kim Rune Hansen (Norway), Ville Paumola (Finland), Nuuti Niemela (Finland), Valtteri Paunonen (Finland), Rubén Vergés (Spain), Nico Fuentes (Argentina) and Kike Carcelén (Spain), amongst others. The outstanding Freeski guest riders include Macrae Williams (USA), Dale Talkington (USA), Josh Absenger (Austria), Elvis Eidsvol Harsheim (Norway), Alexander Hebbe (Sweden), Kalle Leinonen (Finland), Manuel Manca (Switzerland), Mattias Johanson (Sweden), Tobias Gratz (Austria), Verneri Hannula (Finland), Juho Killkki (Finland), Tom Leisure (France), Scotty Jordan (Andorra), Jaume Puigdengoles (Spain), Luka Melloni (Spain) and Albert Martínez (Andorra).
The Grandvalira team of shapers is working to prepare a Slopestyle course worthy of the finest international competitions, combining jibbing modules and jumps to provide a fluid descent and to enable the riders to demonstrate their creative skills to the full, ensuring that they demonstrate their most spectacular tricks.
190 km of slopes and a large range of activities
There will be 100 slopes open at Grandvalira this weekend, with 64 ski lifts in operation. This translates into a total skiable area of 190 km, making this the largest winter sports resort in the Pyrenees. Depths range from 80 to 120 cm of spring snow, whilst the weekend weather forecast predicts clear skies and pleasant temperatures to enable visitors to enjoy a day’s skiing to the full.
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