2017 Vans Hi-Standard Snow Series Hits at Mt. Norquay on February 18

February 13, 2017

Montreal, QC (February 6, 2017) – Vans kicks off 2017 with the return of the Vans Hi-Standard Series, an international all-ages contest inviting snowboarders to showcase true style and expression in an exciting open-jam format. With five stops in Canada, a new stop in Switzerland and a grand finale in California, the Vans Hi-Standard global series will be touring across the US, Canada, Switzerland, Korea, and France. The inclusive snowboard jam will feature an original big air jam format where riders are judged by individual style only, with no rotations over 720 permitted. For the grand finale, Vans will bring a new, non-traditional feature into the fold by creating a unique custom-spec course, where riders are encouraged to push the boundaries of their creative expression.
The world tour event – the only one in Alberta – will be coming to Mt. Norquay in Banff on February 18. Riders of all ages and levels will compete in a unique exhibition of style. Offering free registration, lift tickets and food, the Hi-Standard Series is will award over $50K in cash and prizes and challenge riders to push their imaginations with innovative tricks.  The “Van Doren Rail Best Trick” will grant cash on the spot for the most creative maneuvers while Vans rewards the “Most Improved Rider,” “Worst Bail,” and names a deserving MVP on each stop of the tour. Vans members will be handing out $5 bills to those who land stylist tricks. Cash prizes will be awarded until the allotted amount per age category is reached. With no spins over a 720 allowed, only the most inventive competitors will be considered for the billing.
When talking about individual style, Vans Snow team rider Blake Paul states, “It’s not about what you do, it’s how you do it.”
In addition to the contest, Vans boot collection will be presented, waffles will be served and a House of Vans Workshops will be host for non-competitors, giving spectators and family members a pair of their very own Vans to customize alongside an artist from each city. Fans and competitors can also expect to see familiar faces from the global Vans Snow team throughout the tour. Now is your chance to stand out—style is everything!
The capacity for each event is 90 riders. They will be divided into three age categories: ages 15 and under, ages 16+ and ages 30+. For more information, updates, rules and to sign up online (45 spots available for preregistration online and the rest on site the morning of the event), visit Vans.com/HiStandardSeries. #VansHiStandard
Event Schedule:
8:30 am – 9:30 am        Registration
10:00 am – 10:30 am     Free practice for all categories
11:00 am – 11:45 am     Paid session – 15 and under and 30+
11:45 am to 12:30 pm    Paid session – 16+
12:30 pm to 1:15 pm     Lunch and course maintenance
1:15 pm – 2:00 pm        Paid session – 15 and under
2:00 pm to 2:45 pm       Paid session – 16+
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm        Van Doren Rail Best Trick
4:15 pm                        Awards ceremony
Official dates for the 2017 Vans Hi-Standard Series
January 14 – Mount St. Louis, Ontario, Canada
January 15 – Phoenix Park GW, Korea
January 21 – Mont Avila, Quebec Canada
January 21 – Mellowparks, Beijing, China
February 4 – Carinthia Park, Vermont, United States
February 18 – Chamrousse 38, France
February 18 – Norquay, Alberta, Canada
February 25 – Gindelwald, Switzerland
March 4 – Copper Mountain, Colorado, United States
March 11 – Mt. Seymour, British Columbia, Canada
March 18 – GRAND FINALE – Sierra-at-Tahoe, California, United States
Summer Jam dates
June 20 – HCSC, Oregon, United States
July 1 – Whistler, British Columbia, Canada
August 12 – TBC, Argentina      
About Vans
Vans®, a VF Corporation (NYSE: VFC) brand, is the original action sports footwear, apparel and accessories brand. Vans authentic collections are sold globally in more than 75 countries through a network of subsidiaries, distributors and international offices. Vans also owns and operates nearly 600 retail locations around the world. The Vans brand promotes the action sports lifestyle, youth culture and creative self-expression through the support of athletes, musicians and artists and through progressive events and platforms such as the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing®, the Vans U.S. Open of Surfing, Vans Pool PartyVans Custom Culture, Vans Warped Tour®, and Vans’ cultural hub and international music venue, the House of Vans.
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Note:   Photos from last year’s events are available upon request. Any media representative wishing to attend the event, please contact Josiane Bétit.
Source:             Vans Canada
Information:       Josiane Bétit
                        Phone : 1-514-831-0276


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