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FIS Snowboard and Freeski Big Air World Cup 2018 Modena – Skipass
Big Air: the FIS World Cup comes to Skipass

Skipass, the fair of winter sports and tourism held at ModenaFiere, will stage the competitions for the Big Air World Cup: the first of the 2018/2019 competitive season in the northern hemisphere and the only one in Italy. The official announcement of the International Ski Federation and the Italian Federation of Winter Sports marks the 25th anniversary of Skipass, and consecrates the leading role of the fair in the promotion of snow sports and tourism on an international level.

FIS Snowboard and FIS Freeski are pleased to announce the arrival of a new event in the calendar of worldwide FIS competitions 2018/19, after having reached an agreement with the Italian Ski Federation (FISI) and ModenaFiere to bring the major competitions of the Big Air FIS World Cup to the city of Modena, from 1 to 4 November 2018, during Skipass, the winter sports and tourism fair.

Skipass – which this year celebrates its 25th edition – marks the ideal start to the season for everything concerning winter sports, fully embracing the culture of Snowboard, Freestyle and Freeski, laying claim to the largest participation in a winter sports event in Italy as well as being the longest-standing. Now, with the Big Air and Freeski FIS World Cup races being held on the largest slope ever built in Italy, Skipass will enter a new era.

The Modenese appointment will be the second FIS Big Air World Cup of the 2018/19 season, after the opening of the season in Cardrona (NZL), and the first FIS World Cup of the season to be held in the northern hemisphere for both sports. Around 70 of the finest athletes of the disciplines will be in Italy to try and walk away with the 100,000 Swiss Francs in prize money. The athletes will include Olympic medal winners, world champions and World Cup winners in both disciplines.

Roby Moresi, FIS competition director for Park & ​​Pipe, expressed pleasure at the announcement. “For years, Modena has been a hub of activities, ideas and progress in the field of freestyle. Now, with this joining of forces between FISI and the Fair, on the occasion of the 25th anniversary, in the light of the news that Freeski Big Air will be part of the Olympic programme in Peking 2022 for the first time, we see a major opportunity to valorise even further the show and the displays offered by the greatest riders in the world, right here in Italy in November. Adding the Modena event to the FIS World Cup tour is a major milestone for our sports.”

Alfonso Panzani, Presidente di ModenaFiere, echoed Moresi’s satisfaction also for this great step.

“Bringing the FIS World Cup to Modena is a thrilling advantage for the Skipass event. Hosting this competition represents a major achievement for the main sports and tourism fair in Italy for all those involved. We are filled with pride knowing that we will be capable of hosting such an important event during the fair in a city like Modena that has such well-established connections with winter sports.”

“With the Modena event, Italy will hold eight stages of the World Cups in snowboard and freestyle over the coming season, thus becoming one of the most important nations in the movement, an aspect that makes us particularly proud, and we are sure that our athletes will do their best to achieve major results throughout the Italian competitions.” These are the words of Flavio Roda, President of the Italian Federation of Winter Sports.

“Sport and tourism is an ever more strategic coupling in terms of impact on the territory,” comments the Councillor for Regional Tourism Andrea Corsini, “a unique opportunity to promote the winter offerings of the Emilian Apennines on the international markets, which through major events like this may become an international stage, taking on an ever more important role in terms of its share of the turnover deriving from tourism in the Emilia-Romagna region.”

“For Modena, Skipass is an extraordinary event, to all effects opening the winter season and reminding us of the importance of the ‘snow system’ for the economy of our territory. Winter tourism has great economic importance for the Apennines and beyond, and so – with regard to what this entails in terms of occupation and development – also a strong social value. The competitions for the Big Air World Cup here at Modena Fiere will make the Salone del Turismo e degli Sport Invernali even more appealing, and so it’s good news indeed for our city. Thanks are due to all those who have made it possible,” was the comment of the Mayor of Modena, Gian Carlo Muzzarelli.

After two major events of great success, FIS Snowboard and the Freeski World Cup in Milan at Expo 2015, the programming of the Italian Big Air World Cup will be moved from Milan to Modena during the edition of the 25th anniversary of Modena Skipass, which represents an excellent platform to open the city’s events as part of the main Big Air calendar: the competition that promises to become the highlight of the 2018/19 season.

The snowboard finals of the FIS World Cup in Modena will be held on the evening of Saturday 3 November, while the Freeski competition will bring the weekend to a close on Sunday 4 November. The slope on which the competitions will take place will be the largest and technically most complex structure ever set up in Italy, standing 46 metres high and 130 metres long in the external forecourt of the fair.