• Welcome back European Open!! The European Open is back in all its glory!
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    Welcome back European Open!! The European Open is back in all its glory!
    Ben Burnett
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    11:24 am
    October 11, 2013
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    Comeback for international Freeski Contest: European Freeski Open LAAX, Switzerland, from March 27-29, 2014

    The leading European freestyle resort LAAX comes up with good news: after a two years break the European Freeski Open is to return in the upcoming season. Taking place from March 27 to 29, 2014, the 7th edition will offer hot action in Slopestyle and a total prize-money of 30.000 CHF to the competing women and men.

    Photo: Christian Stadler

    Photo: Christian Stadler

    LAAX and its team are fully motivated to launch a great comeback. Organizing and hosting this international high level event, LAAX will make its contribution towards a positive development of the freeski sport.

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    Virginie Faivre from Montreux, Switzerland, the “Grande Dame” of the international freeski circuit, world champion and five-times winner in LAAX, is delighted about the revival of the event:

    “The European Freeski Open used to be the biggest event of the European scene and one of the main international contests on the calendar. It helped so many European riders to get recognized on the international scene. It was and is the opportunity for the Euro riders to show their talent, get known and have their glory time, without having to travel overseas. The open format is also the occasion for the young riders to compete against the best skiers in the world. This is simply the best motivation to push the level of riding to another level. Great news to have the European Freeski Open back, big up to LAAX!”

     

    Also in 2014 the event will be characterized by the open format. All interested riders can register for their participation in the qualification rounds, where they can win a spot for the semi-finals to meet the seeded pros. This contest modus offers the opportunity to newcomers as well as to experienced- and comeback-riders to advance to the finals and to challenge the invited international top stars. Among them some hot potatoes can be expected, because since its launch in 2006 the European Freeski Open LAAX was recognized by the riders as one of their favourite competitions. In the previous editions the Slopestyle titles were conferred to freeskiers from all over the world, such as Elias Ambühl (Switzerland/2011), Henrik Harlaut (Sweden/2009), Russ Henshaw (Australia/2008), Kaya Turski (Canada/2011) and Virginie Faivre (Switzerland/2006-2008). All of them are still in leading positions in the imminent Olympic season.
     
     
     
     
     
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    So after the freeski premiere at the Winter Games the season will get concluded around springtime with another highlight, the European Freeski Open 2014. 150 competitors will perform in a perfect set-up at Crap Sogn Gion and wow the crowd with tricks and combinations in the slopestyle course. Beside the sportive attractions LAAX provides a chunk of on and off-slope amusements.

    Further information can be found on www.laax.com/events and www.snowpark.laax.com. Follow us on Facebook www.facebook.com/LAAX and www.facebook.com/SnowparkLAAX.

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    Ben Burnett

    Not your typical Englishman, Ben has no interest in Football, likes hot weather and lives in France. As an avid skier and photographer, he has in-depth knowledge of the industry. He keeps the Downdays team on track.