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Countdown to the 2022 Olympic Winter Games

Freeski, Snowboard Bir Air Kicks Off World Cup Season This Weekend in Switzerland

By Tom Horrocks
October, 20 2021
Corning
Chris Corning is ready to step it up under the lights once again as the FIS Snowboard & Freeski season kicks off in Chur, Switzerland, this weekend. (U.S. Ski & Snowboard)

U.S. Freeski and U.S. Snowboard Team athletes are fired up to kick off the FIS World Cup season at the Chur, Switzerland, Big Air Friday and Saturday nights.

“I am ready for this weekend,” said U.S. Snowboard Team athlete Chris Corning, who has eight career World Cup big air podiums, including three victories. “This has been the most riding I have had going into the first scaffolding big air of pretty much any season.”

Corning and a number of his U.S. Snowboard and U.S. Freeski teammates have enjoyed quality on-snow time this summer at Mount Hood, Ore., Mammoth, Calif., Copper Mountain, Colo., and Saas-Fee, Switzerland, to dial in tricks new and old. Toss in some off-snow training, including dirt-biking, and Corning is ready to lead a strong contingent of U.S. athletes into the first scaffolding big air event of the season.

“I have been working on tricks I don’t do as much and getting all my old tricks back,” the 2018 overall World Cup snowboard champion added. “I am happy with how the training has gone up to this point.”

U.S. Snowboard Team athletes joining Corning this weekend are Ty Schnorrbusch, Courtney Rummel, Brock Crouch, Kyle Mack, and Judd Henkes. Ski and Snowboard Club Vail athlete Hahna Norman will make her World Cup debut this weekend in Chur.

For the U.S. Freeski Team, six-time big air podium finisher, and two-time World Cup big air winner Alex Hall will be on the “one to watch” list this weekend. He’ll be joined by U.S. Freeski Teammates Hunter Henderson, Cody Laplante, Mac Forehand, and Marin Hamill.

Both Friday’s freeski big air finals and Saturday’s snowboard big air finals will stream live on NBC”s Peacock platform. The Olympic Channel - Home of Team USA - will also broadcast both finals live. Following this weekend’s event, the FIS snowboard and freeski World Cup season will roll into Colorado with Visa Big Air presented by Toyota, Dec. 4 in Steamboat; and the Toyota U.S. Grand Prix at Copper Mountain, Dec. 10-11.

HOW TO WATCH 
All times EDT

Friday, Oct.22
12:00 p.m. FIS Freeski World Cup Men and Women’s Big Air, LIVE, Chur, SUI, Streaming Peacock
12:00 p.m. FIS Freeski World Cup Men and Women’s Big Air, LIVE, Chur, SUI, Broadcast Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA

Saturday, Oct. 23
12:00 p.m. FIS Snowboard World Cup Men and Women’s Big Air, LIVE, Chur, SUI, Streaming Peacock
12:00 p.m. FIS Snowboard World Cup Men and Women’s Big Air, LIVE, Chur, SUI, Broadcast Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA