Nescafe Champs Leysin 2011
8-13 February 11, Leysin, Switzerland
Celebrating its 20th year, the Swiss 5*TTR slopestyle competition should be a cracker
In the same way as the Athletissima track meet or auberhorn ski race, the NESCAFÉ CHAMPS is part of a longstanding tradition of great sporting events in Switzerland.
Since 1992, it has been a not to be missed event, which has written important pages in
the snowboarding history books.
Leysin can pride itself for being a platform for champions to show their skills and shape their reputations in the Chaux de Mont pipe. So, there is no better time than the 20th edition of the event to indulge in some of the great memories of the stars of Leysin. It all started with Terje Haakonsen. The Norwegian, the veritable architect of modern freestyle snowboarding, won four times in Leysin. In 1992, for the first edition of the CHAMPS, he was only 18 years old.
At the time he had only been snowboarding for 4 years, but already held the title of Europa Cup Champion, which he’d won the season before. His reputation was growing, but the Norwegian would explode during the season in question. He would not only win in Leysin, but also take home the first of his three US Open titles. It was the beginning of the reign of Terje Haakonsen, who would leave his mark on the Vaud region of the Alps in ’94, ’96 and ’97 as well. No one will ever forget his mythical Haakon Flip that kept the massive crowd on the deck of the pipe thrilled for years to come.
Tuesday, 8th February Training
Wednesday, 9th February Training and Men Qualifications
Thursday, 10th February Training, Women Qualifications
Training ½ Final Men and Women
Friday, 11th February Training ½ Final Men and Women
Jam ½ Final Men and Women
Saturday, 12th February Training Finals Men and Women
Sunday, 13th February Master Slopestyle Contest
Legend Banked Slalom
For more information visit www.champsopen.ch
£489 Chalet Le Sommet, Val Thorens, France, 4* Catered for 7 nights
Departs Sat 05 Dec , from Gatwick