The Vans Hi-Standard Series is returning in 2018, giving snowboarders around the world the opportunity to showcase their style in a pro setting.
The international competition, making stops in Canada, China, South Korea, Finland, and the US, is inviting snowboarders of all ages to show their skills in an open-jam format. All competitors will be judged solely on style and creativity rather than technical skill or difficulty. Regional MVP’s will then win an all-expenses paid trip to the grand final show at Sierra-at-Tahoe to duke it out for the 2018 Vans Hi-Standard MVP series title.
The course consists of big air features as well as some smaller kickers and rails and the judges put an emphasis on style and creativity with no inverts and rotations over 720 allowed. Contestants will have to dig deep to find the right trick and catch the judges attention.
Riders will have the opportunity to earn cash prizes on the spot during the “Van Doren Rail Best Trick” contest where winners will be selected based on innovative maneuvers and creativity. The “Most Improved Rider”, and “Worst Bail” will also be awarded at each stop of the tour with 50 thousand dollars of prizes on the line.
“The Vans Hi-Standard Series is an epic combination of young and old, trickery and style,” Vans global snow team rider Pat Moore said in a statement. “Everyone is stoked to be here; the prizes are just a bonus.”
The world-wide tour begins January 18th at Mount St. Louis, Ontario, Canada. The Vans Hi-Standard Series team will be providing free registration, lift-ticket, and lunch vouchers to all participants. Additionally, the first ten registrants will receive a pair of Vans to customize with a local artist. Fans and riders will also get the chance to see members of the global Vans Snow team at each stop of the tour.
Tour dates are below. For more tour information, rules and regulations, and more updates head over to the Vans Hi-Standard site.
2018 VANS HI-STANDARD SERIES OFFICIAL DATES
January 13 – Mount St. Louis, Ontario, Canada
January 20 – Mont Avila, Quebec Canada
January 28 – Nashan Mellow Parks, Beijing, China
February 3 – Mount Snow, Vermont, United States
February 3 – Welli Hilli Park, South Korea
February 17 – Mount Norquay, Alberta, Canada
March 3 – Talma Ski, Finland
March 4 – Copper Mountain, Colorado, United States
March 10 – Mt. Seymour, British Columbia, Canada
March 17 – GRAND FINALE – Sierra-at-Tahoe, California, United States
SUMMER JAM DATES
June 27, Session #2 – HCSC at Timberline, Oregon, United States
Summer 2018 – TBC, Argentina