Following in the footsteps of Tahiti (Taravana Freestyle, www.taravana-freestyle.com), Japan is the latest country to transplant a little part of itself to Les 2 Alpes. The resort will create an authentic Japanese environment complete with Japanese ladies, sushi, sumo and other cultural traditions of the land of the rising sun. Plenty of the Japanese beer Asahi will also be flowing. The event will bring together the European freestyle ski and snowboard scene in an unusual atmosphere, celebrating the 150th anniversary of Franco-Japanese relations.
The ski and snowboard event will be centred on team-based competitions in snowboard, ski and photography. There will be special contests on the Sunday for young people aged 13-15 years old and for ‘goomies' aged 9-12 years old. Adult competition winners will win a trip to a luxurious Tokyo hotel plus 130,000 Yen in prize money. In total there will be more than 900,000 Yen worth of prizes!
Les 2 Alpes snowpark, on the highest glacier in Europe, will be the playground for the riders, and new, totally unique themed modules will be added to raise its European reputation still further. These will include torii jib and gong bonk. In teams of three (mixed is possible), the riders will do battle in slopestyle jam sessions.
The pro-riders invitational will be contested by 30 skiers and 30 snowboarders. But uninvited pros and amateurs will not be left out, because a wild card contest will act as qualification stage for them.
A "Japan air" best trick on a hip and a best trick "bonk" will also be organised, with the trip to Japan the prize at stake.
2009 equipment testing will also be available to visitors, free of charge, through the snowpark's "cool zone", with equipment provided by Burton, Rome, Nitro, Ride, Apo, Forum, Vans, Flow, Allian, Bataleon, Imperium, Gnu, Lib Technologies, Magic Potion and Rossignol.