A week before the World Cup, the FIS Snowboard European Cup will also be organised in Saas-Fee as well, also in the halfpipe discipline.
Another attraction during the competitions in the glacier village is the unique double halfpipe which has been available to athletes in Saas-Fee since 2007. For the first time last year, athletes and the FIS equally got enthusiastic about this facility.
Located directly next to the world-cup pipe in Freestyle Park Allalin, the park team has built a second top class training pipe, in which the athletes can warm up, and which is open to the general public also during the competitions.
Where else can you ride a pipe side by side with a participant in a world cup? Moreover, it is ideal for athletes because they have no "idle" times.
Official training will be held on 28th and 29th October and qualifications will then commence on Thursday, 30th October with the finals on Friday.
This year the first participation of the Bahamas will be a special attraction. Korath Wright, born in the Bahamas (Nassau) and grown up in Canada, will start officially for the island state this year.
Wright, who has been boarding since his 10th birthday, is no unknown quantity. At the age of 14, he already participated in local competitions, and only a short time later Wright competed against the world's best riders for the Canadian team at the time. In 2005 he made top place on the rostrum in the National Swiss Championships in Zermatt.
Since the beginning of 2008, he has been representing the island archipelago. His big goal as "Team Bahamas" is to win a medal during the Olympic Games 2010 in Canada ... and naturally to win in the LG Snowboard FIS World Cup in Saas-Fee.