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Burton European Open presented by MINI, 2014 – Climax of the qualification rounds, day 3:

Burton European Open presented by MINI, 2014 – Climax of the qualification rounds, day 3

(LAAX, Switzerland), January 15, 2014 – The third day of The Burton European Open presented by MINI came to a close this afternoon with the climax of the Men’s Slopestyle qualification rounds. From here on in we are into the contest real.

Since Monday both the Men and Women have been competing for a place to go head-to-head with the invited riders in the Pipe and Slopestyle Semi-finals; they will be joined by the top 2 boys and girls from each discipline, thanks to the new format of the Junior contests.

      
Burton European Open 2014 presented by MINI – The Juniors are a wrap!:

Burton European Open 2014 presented by MINI – The Juniors are a wrap!

 (LAAX, Switzerland), January 14, 2014 – The Burton European Open presented by MINI is now under way in the snowboard loving resort of LAAX, Switzerland.  This year’s event features four milestones: It is the 15th Burton European Open, 10th edition in LAAX (SUI), a revised Juniors’ format and a brand new Slopestyle course! The last two days action included both the qualifications for Men’s and Women’s Pipe and Slopestyle and the completion of the revised Junior event format.

      
2014 WSF World Rookie Fest Livigno - Final Results:

2014 WSF World Rookie Fest Livigno - Final Results

Livigno, ITA (Jan. 10th, 2014) – The 9th WSF World Rookie Fest in Livigno ended today with new impressive riders who will turn soon into the professional snowboarders of the future. On the ladies’ side Thalie Larochaix won the grom category and Henna Ikola was first among the rookie, while Rene Rinnekangas blasted in the grom ranking and Stian Kleivdal the rookie one.

2 perfectly shaped slopestyle courses welcomed the finals in which riders had three runs to determine the winner, the best one counted.

The groms girls’ finals were dominated by Thalie Larochaix from France, who claimed her victory with a run featuring backside 360 on the first kicker, followed by frontside 720 on the second kicker, 50-50 nose grab on the mushroom finishing up with 50-50 180 out.

      
WSF World Rookie Fest Kicks off with Training Session:

WSF World Rookie Fest Kicks off with Training Session

Livigno, ITA (Jan. 9th, 2014) – The 9th edition of the WSF World Rookie Fest started it’s week-long show today with the first training session in Livigno, Italy. 127 rippers up to 18 years old from seventeen nations warmed up today up on Mottolino Snowpark. A perfectly shaped slopestyle course welcomed the rookies and groms today who tested the two courses consisting of 2 kickers and 1 rail per each run and one last blast rail at the end.
      
Burton Proudly Debuts the 2014 Olympic U.S. Snowboarding Team Uniforms :

Burton Proudly Debuts the 2014 Olympic U.S. Snowboarding Team Uniforms

BURLINGTON, VT (December 4, 2013) Today, Burton Snowboards is honored to officially unveil the 2014 U.S. Snowboarding Team uniforms that all riders representing the United States will wear during competition at the 2014 Winter Olympics. The Sochi Games will mark the third consecutive Olympics where Burton has partnered with U.S. Ski & Snowboard Association (USSA) to create one-of-a-kind uniforms designed for riders, by riders. The pinnacle pieces of the uniform consist of technical outerwear jackets and pants, and in addition, Burton is also supplying the 2014 U.S. Snowboarding Team with hats, gloves, base-layers and fleece to wear while competing.
      
Powder Snowboarding Trip to Chamonix, France:

Powder Snowboarding in Chamonix, France

Chamonix is situated in the north-westerly part of the Alps, just 15 km from the Swiss border and 15 km from Italy via the Mont-Blanc tunnel. The natural border, where these three countries converge, lies at 3820 meters on the summit Mont Dolent. The valley is of glacial origin and measures 17 km. The town centre is situated at an altitude of 1035 metres. Chamonix is one of the oldest ski resorts in France and is known as the "gateway to the European Cascades." Chamonix is a destination popular the world over. In the streets of this high-mountain town you'll hear languages from every corner of the globe and all people come here with the same frame of mind to enjoy this popular winter sports resort town in France. As the highest European mountain west of Russia, Mont Blanc holds a special attraction. Chamonix is famous for its spectacular cable car up to the Aiguille du Midi 3,842 m
      
An Avalanche of Good Will:

An Avalanche of Goodwill

Michane Viljoen and Buhle Mvelase, Grade 9 learners from HeronBridge College, have made a positive difference to their community. These girls single handedly managed to provide Grade 5 learners from Witkoppen Primary School a day that they will never forget.
      

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