THE LAAX OPEN 2020 KICKED OFF YESTERDAY WITH SLOPESTYLE QUALIFIERS

The mighty Laax Open, Europe’s best snowboard competion, is taking place all this week and kicked off yesterday with Slopestyle Qualifiers in glorious sunshine and the action started with the Slopestyle qualifications men up on Crap Sogn Gion under blue skies.

Local boy Clemens Millauer put in a strong showing in Qualis

Riders had a lot of fun on the innovative Slopestyle course with six features. Top favorites like Olympic gold medalist Sebastien Toutant (CAN), Staale Sandbech (NOR), Sven Thorgren (SWE), Mons Roisland (NOR) and Olympic Slopestyle Champion Red Gerard (USA) qualified for the Semi-Finals later on this week as well as Clemens Millauer (AUT) and the locals Nicolas Huber and Moritz Thönen (both SUI).

Michael Ciccarelli hits the first feature at the top of the course. Photo: Ruggli

On Thursday the Halfpipe riders will be in action for the first time, among them last year’s winner Scotty James (AUS), the Swiss armada led by Olympic Champion Iouri Podladtchikov, Spain’s Queralt Castellet and 2018 LAAX OPEN winner Jiayu Liu (CHN),

Highlights of the week are the Slopestyle finals on Friday and the Superpipe night finals on Saturday. New this year is the TAG Team Crossover Slopestyle Session on Saturday noon. For the first time Snowboarders and Freeskiers will battle together as teams in a head-to-head format.

Carlos Garcia Knight. Photo: Ruggli

Event Website: www.laax.com/open

Full results list: https://open.laax.com/en/resultlists/

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Justus Henkes. Photo: Ruggli
Chilling in the Athlete area. Photo: Ruggli

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