Leysin is back in the family of hosting venues of the NOKIA Snowboard FIS World Cup, after a two-year break. The community in the canton of Waadt organized two halfpipe events in 2006. Now it's time for boardercross. More than 100 of the world's best SBX riders coming from 23 countries will battle for World Cup points in enthralling head-to-head-duels. The Chaux de mont slope is the venue for the 850 metres-long Snowboard Cross parcour which will demand some great riding ability from all participants as it is peppered with obstacles like steep banks, rollers, and jumps. The fight for the Yellow Leader Jerseys will be interesting as some North American stars will not compete in Leysin. Mellie Francon (SUI), who currently sits on the second rank of the table with 1.960 points, could take over the World Cup lead from non-participant Lindsey Jacobellis (USA, 2.400) by simply making it to the big final. The men's duel for the Crystal Globe between current World Cup leader Stian Sivertzen (NOR, 2.300) and Pierre Vaultier (FRA, 1.950) is going into the fourth round. Both have the chance to extend their lead on title defending Drew Neilson (CAN, 1.500) as Neilson "is taking a break in the action" by his own admission.
- Snow Reports