Some of the top riders in the world of women’s snowboarding will take to the hill at Keystone Resort Friday and Saturday for the 2014 Community Cup slopestyle and big air competition.
“We’re so excited to have this group of ladies come and compete,” resort spokeswoman Laura Parquette said Wednesday. “It’s really fun and exciting for us to host an event with ladies of this caliber.”
The event will feature 15 of this year’s women’s slopestyle Olympians and 15 other top-level athletes competing in a women’s only competition in Keystone’s Area 51 Terrain Park.
U.S. team gold medalist Jamie Anderson is expected to be among the athletes participating, along with bronze medalist Jenny Jones of Great Britain. Fellow Olympians Sarka Pancochova, Kuersti Buass, Silje Norendal, Cheryl Maas, Pristy Prior and Anna Gasser are also scheduled to compete.
This will be the first year the competition, founded by former pro snowboarder Chanelle Sladics, will be at Keystone. The event was previously hosted by Breckenridge Ski Resort.
Sladics said she started the competition to give women a platform to showcase their talents on their own stage.
“I just didn’t see any events out there that truly recognized and moved women’s snowboarding in the most progressive manner possible,” she said.
The competition is rated as a five-star event on the World Snowboard Tour’s six-star scale and will feature a format where qualifying-round scores carry over to the finals.
The format is expected to encourage riders to focus on trick progression throughout the contest with less focus on scoring.
While most of the competition will be Saturday, April 5, the event will also feature a Best Method Jam Contest Friday from 11 a.m. to noon.
The slopestyle and big air competitions will take place from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday. Organizers said the event will also feature an environmental sustainability theme with proceeds benefiting the nonprofit High Country Conservation Center.
Organizers said spectators can access the course from the Mountain House base area, where there will also be a number of sponsor booths as part of the event’s Community Village.
After the competition, the resort will host live music from Colorado artists Jeff Brinkman and Paperbird in Keystone Village.
More information and complete event schedule is available at www.community-cup.com