International Ski Federation (FIS) Alpine Snowboard World Cup action is set to return after the Christmas break, with a parallel giant slalom competition scheduled for tomorrow in Scuol.
After the recent FIS Alpine Snowboard World Cup in Lackenhof in Austria was cancelled due to warm temperatures and lack of snow, the first parallel event of 2020 will take to the slopes of the Swiss Alps resort, located in the beautiful region of Engadin.
Known as the "Home of Hardbooters" and the local resort of Nevin Galmarini, the reigning parallel giant slalom Olympic gold medallist and 2017-2018 parallel overall crystal globe winner, Scuol's first turn as a World Cup host came two seasons ago, while the resort staged the final parallel giant slalom races of the 2018-2019 campaign.
Although Galmarini will not be competing on home snow this season as he recovers from injury, snowboard carving's best men and women are primed to do battle.
Entering tomorrow's competition, Italy's Roland Fischnaller and Germany's Ramona Theresia Hofmeister sit top of the men's and women's parallel giant slalom World Cup standings, respectively.
Before the FIS Snowboard Alpine World Cup returns to action this Saturday in Scuol, check out our little recap of what went down so far in the 2019/20 season 👊 #fissnowboard pic.twitter.com/OzNsM67Q1N— fissnowboard (@fissnowboard) January 9, 2020
Both athletes will be going for a parallel hat-trick, after the pair took wins in Bannoye in Russia and Italian town Cortina d'Ampezzo in December.
In the women's event, expect strong showings from Germany's Selina Jörg, who occupies second place in the parallel giant slalom World Cup standings behind team mate Hofmeister.
Also likely to be in contention are veteran Austrian Claudia Riegler, Swiss home favourite Ladina Jenny and Russia's Natalia Soboleva, with the trio placed third, fourth and fifth in the standings, respectively.
Over on the men's side, South Korea's Lee Sang-ho, Italy's Mirko Felicetti, Bulgaria's Radoslav Yankov and Austria's Benjamin Karl are all worth keeping an eye on.
The quartet have impressed so far in the 2019-2020 campaign, with solid showings putting them in the top five of the parallel giant slalom World Cup rankings.