Big Air Milan show doesn’t stop: Freeski’s stars are coming
After the Snowboard World Cup’s success, with a 17.000 people attendance over the weekend, freeskiers are about to take the stage on the ramp in the EXPerience Park, on Friday 17th and Saturday 18th November. FIS Contest Director Roberto Moresi: “The level of races was very high, the riders are eager to compete in Milan”
Big Air and the City kept its promise, and brought the snow to Milan’s EXPerience Park for two exciting days, on Friday 10th and Saturday 11th November, dedicated to the FIS Snowboard World Cup: a success in all respects, from the technical outcome to the attendance figures. And the show is not over yet: Milan’s huge snowy ramp will light up again with the Freeski’s champions on Friday 17th and Saturday 18th November.
Meantime, Milan responded in style at the event under the iconic Tree of Life, confirming the enthusiasm of the Lombardy’s metropolis for winter sports. In just two days, about 17.000 people reported to the park (Arexpo data), enjoying either the snowboarders’ breathtaking stunts and the activities in the Snow Days’ programme. Friday’s opening, with the official trainings and the night shows of Marvin&Prezioso and Shade, saw about 2500 people in attendance.
The next day, 3.000 fans enjoyed the qualifications, whilst about 12.000 people came for the finals, either in the Parterre or the Lake Arena restricted areas or in the free zones of the park. The enthusiasm of the public was rewarded by the amazing spectacle of the competition, with an Italian rider, Alberto Maffei, reaching the final in front of his home fans and ending up in seventh, his career top placement, and Italy’s best result since 13 years.The Men’s race was dominated by American Chris Corning, who also celebrated his career-best score (182,75 points), whilst Austrian Anna Gasser took victory again in the Women’s race, earning the “Queen of Milan” title for the second straight year.
The success of the Big Air Snowboard’s event was confirmed by FIS Contest Director Roberto Moresi: “The result is extremely positive so far. We enjoyed a very high level competition, highlighted by amazing tricks. All the riders were excited with the quality of the event and the great attendance. Milan could well become a capital of this specialty, and Big Air Milan represents an important step in the right direction”.
In four days, Big Air Milan will trade the board with the skis, and set up another major spectacle with the World’s best freeskiers. The official trainings will open the programme on Friday 17th. The following day will feature men’s and women’s qualifications (from 9 am to 3 pm) and finals (7 pm-9 pm): “Small adjustments to the structure have been made and we have realized how to prepare the snow to get the best results – Moresi continues –. A number of riders are eager to compete under the Tree of Life, an evidence of the great enthusiasm surrounding Milan’s event”.
The snow of Big Air Milan is waiting: the conditions are all there to live another weekend full of emotions.