La Plagne is hosting two of the three World Cup Freestyle Ski Halfpipe events this year, March 19-20.

Saturday, competing athletes will warm up in the afternoon and the first run of qualifications will take place 7 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.

An extended programme comes on Sunday, with day-long finals. The schedule is as follows:

8:45 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. Final qualifications first run

10 a.m. - 11 a.m. Final first run (10 men / 10 women)

5:45 p.m. - 6:45 p.m. Warm up for finals (2nd run)

7 p.m. - 7:50 p.m. Finals (12 men / 10 women)

7:50 p.m. - 8 p.m. Awards ceremony - medals and Cup

Many halfpipe champions have come out of La Plagne, thanks to the local Club des Sports, which works to scout out and develop young talent like Kevin Rolland and Benoit Valentin.

Rolland, 21, was recently named King of Style at the Dew Tour in Killington. He also took the Superpipe trophy in the 2011 X Games at Aspen.

Valentin took second place in the Austrian World Cup event, which was held in Kreischberg in January.

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