For the third time in a row, Kitzsteinhorn will be playing host to the world’s biggest snowboard event for girls only.
Yes, it's that time of year again: from December 12-14, 2008, the 6th Roxy Chicken Jam Europe will be kicking off at Zell am See-Kaprun, Austria. The planet’s best female snowboarders will be fighting it out at the Glacier Park for the $50,000 prize money, as well as vital points for the Swatch TTR Women’s World Snowboard Tour. The Roxy Chicken Jam is a 6-Star event, with the winter kick-off in Kaprun setting the course for a successful season.
The slopestyle contest will be held in a jam session format: the female snowboarders are allowed to do as many runs as they want within the given time. This format gives plenty of freedom to the riders as they don’t have to stick every trick into one single run. The jury only rewards the best runs, with the judges looking good execution, bags of style, technical tricks and good use of the park.
Twenty-five invited riders, plus the best five riders from Friday’s qualifications, will take part in the main session on Saturday. Subsequently, eight riders will compete in the finals. A who's-who of the snowboard world have already signed up to take part, including last year's champ Cheryl Maas, Jamie Anderson, Claudia Fliri, Torah Bright and Kjersti Buass Oestgaard.
For this pre-Christmas get-together of the snowboard queens, Zell am See-Kaprun is the ideal location: not only due to the snow-sure Kitzsteinhorn glacier but also because of the three snow parks at the Kitzsteinhorn Mellow Park. At the Glacier Park where the Roxy Chicken Jam will take place, 30 obstacles will wait for the riders. During the event weekend, the Roxy Park for beginners and intermediates and the DC Central Park for advanced and pro riders will also be open to the public.
Oooh, now the winter's really getting started...