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4th stop of the Zillertal Välley Rälley Tour 2019-20 at Hintertux postponed to 17th & 18th of October

Due to the actual situation, the great tour finals of the 7. Zillertal VÄLLEY RÄLLEY hosted by Blue Tomato and Ride Snowboards will be postponed to October 17th and 18th, 2020. In the beginning of the new winter season 2020/2021, Europe’s best up-and-coming snowboard talents will be gathering at Betterpark Hintertux on Hintertux Glacier to earn last points at the 4th and final tour stop of Zillertal’s most poplular snowboard amateur series. Beside the day podiums, the overall tour winners 2019/2020 will be crowned new Kings and Queens of the VÄLLEY in Tux-Finkenberg.

In the end of September 2020, Betterpark Hintertux will be starting into the new season with its infamous XXL setup. The 4th and final Zillertal VÄLLEY RÄLLEY tour stop will now go down on October 17th and 18th, 2020. With their participation in the open slopestyle contest in Tux-Finkenberg, snowboarders will be collecting valuable points for the international World Snowboard Point List (WSPL). Beside the competition, the Ästhetiker will be on hand as coaches for freebie freestyle workshops in the park on the coaching dÄy. Ride Snowboards will be displaying 2020/2021 boards and bindings for free demo/testing on both days and throw out tons of goodies to everyone joining the Limbo RIDE Fun session. The event host Blue Tomato and outerwear partner Horsefeathers will be scouting for young talents and on top of all this, Horsefeathers will be handing out a special price for the best trick Award.

With the result from the 4th and last Zillertal VÄLLEY RÄLLEY competition 2019/2020, the overall tour winners will be determined in Tux-Finkenberg and the new Kings and Queens will be crowned Royal Zillertal VÄLLEY RÄLLEY family 2019/2020. Everyone is welcome to get involved. The online registration is obligatory for contest and coaching and will open up in early October at

Partners of the 4th tour stop are:
Zillertal Tourismus GmbH, Zillertaler Gletscherbahn and Betterpark Hintertux, Tux-Finkenberg Tourism, Blue Tomato, Ride Snowboards, Red Bull, Horsefeathers, Dana Beanies, World Snowboard Federation (WSF), Austrian Snowboard Federation (ASA)

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The event is a World Rookie Rank contest and can be found on the World Snowboarding Global Event Schedule.

Matt Mchatie

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Second stop of the Zillertal VÄLLEY RÄLLEY tour 2019/20 is goin’ down this weekend

On January 18th and 19th 2020, all eyes will be on the Actionpark Kreuzwiese at Zillertal Arena. With the second out of four Zillertal VÄLLEY RÄLLEY tour stops hosted by Blue Tomato & Ride Snowboards, the excitement rises. All those, who don’t want to miss out on Zillertal’s most popular snowboard amateur series’ second event, should sign up soon! The online registration for the open slopestyle contest and freebie freestyle coachings will remain open at until the hundred competitors mark will be reached:

Just in time for the second tour stop, park designer Manfred Brandacher and his team will do their magic on Zell’s Actionpark Kreuzwiese. Ride Snowboards will have the latest boards and bindings for free demo/testing on hand at Zillertal Arena. On the coaching day, the Bagjump landingbag powered by Prinoth will be the great attraction for trainings. Competitors of all age groups will be throwing down their best tricks on Zillertal Arena’s slopestyle course at Kreuzwiese on the contest day to gain valuable points, tons of medals and prize money. The new event host Blue Tomato and outerwear partner Horsefeathers Clothing will be scouting for up-and-coming talents all weekend long and Horsefeathers will be honoring the best trick with a special award.

With the second out of four results, the hunt for valuable Zillertal VÄLLEY RÄLLEY overall ranking points will get exciting at Zillertal Arena. The overall winners will be crowned new Royal Zillertal VÄLLEY RÄLLEY family 2020 at the last tour stop in Hintertux. All athletes participating in the tour are also collecting points for the International World Snowboard Point List (WSPL). The points from the first three VÄLLEY RÄLLEY stages are counting as ASA (Austrian Snowboard Association) Austriacups. With the results from the first three stages, the best man, woman and rookies qualify for the Austrian Masters Slopestyle Finals. On top of all this, the rookies will be gaining points in the World Rookie Ranking, whereas the overall rookie winners (16-18 years) will earn wildcards for the World Rookie Finals 2020. More info at

The partners of the 2nd Zillertal VÄLLEY RÄLLEY tour stops are:
Zillertal Tourism GmbH, the mountain company and tourism association Zillertal Arena, Blue Tomato, Ride Snowboards, Red Bull, Horsefeathers, Dana Beanies, the World Snowboard Federation (WSF), Austrian Snowboard Federation (ASA) and World Rookie Tour (WRT).

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World Rookie Tour 2019/20 calendar

The World Rookie Tour season has officially started with one event in Les2Alpes and 2 events in New Zealand. Now the tour goes on and the Black Yeti is proud to announce 2020 northern hemisphere calendar with events in world premium resorts: Skyline Park in Innsbruck, across the oceans to Nekoma and Taksu in Japan to land in USA, in Mammouth, Vail and Keystone resorts. Mottolino Park in Livigno, will host the 15thedition of the World Rookie Fest, the oldest event in the tour. Finally new top destinations will debut in the rookie tour this season: Ruka in Finland, and Madonna di Campiglio in Italy.

The legendary World Rookie Snowboard Finals will be held for the 4th time in Kitzsteinhorn – Zell am See-Kaprun, Austria, from the 30th of March to the 5th of April 2020.

The World Rookie Tour (WRT) is the largest youth snowboard series in the world with thousands of fans from all over the world. Every event is not just a competition: it features loads of other activities to help rookies in their personal and athlete grow such as photo & video shootings, English talks, avalanche and rescue clinics, meeting with photographers and international team managers, parties and big prizes.

At the end, the winners of the World Rookie Finals will be awarded with the title of World Rookie Champions and will be offered a unique opportunity to enter the world of professional snowboarding: all the last season champs, male and female, got invited to the Audi Nines and conquered a spot in the 2019.20 FIS World Cup Tour. The special prizes for 2020 Champions will be announced soon.


2019.20 World Rookie Tour Snowboarding – Calendar

Summer Rookie Jam // Les 2 Alpes . FRA // 13-20.07.2019 // SS/BA/HP
NZ Rookie Fest //  Cadrona . NZL // 14-17.08.2019 //  SS/HP
NZ Show Down Rookie Fest // Cadrona. NZL // 04-06.10.2019 // SS/BA/HP
Wordl Rookie Fest // Livigno . ITA // 11-15.01.2020 // SS
Colorado WRT Grom Fest //  Vail . USA // 26.01.2020 // HP
QKLS Rookie Fest // Ruka . FIN // 29.01-02.02.2020 // SS
REV Tour Rookie Fest // Mammoth Mountain. USA // 07-09.02.2020 // SS/HP
Colorado WRT Grom Fest // Keystone A51 . USA // 08.02.2020 // SS
Balkan Rookie Fest // Sofia . BUL // 13-16.02.2020 // SS
Young Guns Rookie Fest // Takasu . JPN // 28-29.02.2020 // HP
Indy Parka Rookie Fest // Nekoma . JPN // 06-07.03.2020 // SS
MDC Rookie Fest // Madonna di Campiglio. ITA // 14-18.03.2020 // SS
World Rookie Finals // Kitzsteinhorn, Zell Am See-Kaprun . AUT // 31.03-05.04.2020 // SS/HP

What are you waiting for?

Come and join the 2019/2020 World Rookie Tour: the future is here.

You can also visit to see the full calendar at the tour’s website.

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About World Rookie Tour
The WRT is organized by the Black Yeti company in collaboration with International and National Sports Associations. It consists of a selection of high quality International events, in snowboard, freeski and skateboard, the so called “Rookie Fests”, reserved for riders under 18’s only, in Europe, North and South America, Oceania and Asia. The World Rookie Tour consists not only of competitions: it also features loads of other activities to help rookies in their personal and athlete grow, such as photo & video shootings, avalanche and rescue clinics, meetings with photographers and international team managers, parties and English talks. Since the foundation in 2005 it awards tickets to world class events such as The Arctic Challenge, The Air & Style, the X Games, the Audi Nines, Red Bull Roller Coaster, Simple Session, Mystic Cup, invitations to professional photo & video shootings, and freeride trip in Southern Hemisphere. Every year the tour crowns the World Rookie Champions at the end of season “World Rookie Finals”, a unique event where the best youngsters from all over the world compete and have fun. More information at

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World Rookie Rank – 2019/20 season

We are happy to present the World Rookie Rank for the 2019/20 season! In the following article we answer to the questions which may arise. In the meantime, the youngsters may strap in!

What is the WSF World Rookie Rank?

  • The World Rookie Rank is a classification for riders 18 and under through the WSF and the WSPL
  • Through a partnership with WSF and the World Rookie Tour, results from the WRR will qualify athletes for the World Rookie Finals
  • Selected winners of various WRT events will also compete in the finals of the World Rookie Tour
  • Winners of the World Rookie Finals will be awarded with the title of World Rookie Champion

Athletes are then offered a unique opportunity to enter the world of professional snowboarding through various filming and events invitations reserved exclusively for World Rookie Champions. This gives the young riders an amazing platform to develop their future snowboarding careers.

The average of the best 3 results generate the overall rider’s points in the World Rookie Rank and World Grom Rank used as one of the qualification criteria for the 2020 World Rookie Finals.

Only the best rookies in the world will be granted access to the World Rookie Tour big final: the “World Rookie Finals” in Kitzsteinhorn at Zell am See-Kaprun, Austria.

What are the goals of World Rookie Rank & World Rookie Tour?

  • Serve each nation with a true World Rookie Rank that will grow participation in the events
  • Develop momentum and brand loyalty with WSF to then build and support WSF Mission and Values
  • Partnering with the already established WRT and Yeti brand builds on strengths and already existing network
  • Through qualifying events WSF can help to populate the WRT finals and create a new revenue stream in partnership with WRT
  • Promote inclusion for non-FIS aged event schedule via the WSPL through the WSF for a nominal fee
  • Qualification pathway to World Rookie Finals

What are the benefits of the WSF World Rookie Rank?

  • Incorporate existing WRT to raise event value
  • Qualify to higher level events through regional WSF/WRR competitions
  • Build a global network of events and riders
  • More than 1000 riders out of 30 Nations on the rank in the 2018/19 season
  • Focus on age appropriate in line with WSF Mission and Vison
  • Provide access to WSPL for non-FIS events
  • Offer national young riders more opportunities to qualify for the World Rookie Finals

What are the requirements for the WSF World Rookie Rank?

  • Nations pay WSF for WRR events on the WSPL
    Both Regional or National Level is possible – see WSPL Requirements for Regional and National Level Events
    $50 per event and discipline
    Slopestyle – Rookie + Grom – Male + Female Results – $50
    Slopestyle + Halfpipe – Rookie + Grom – Male + Female Results – $100
  • Results have to be submitted not later than 48 hours after the event in this provided Results Template
    (the year of birth of athletes is necessary)
  • Only WSF Members (nations or events) can apply for World Rookie Rank

What are the qualifying criteria for the World Rookie Snowboard Finals?


  • Rookies (boys and girls) born from the 1st of January 2002 to the 31st of December 2004
  • Groms (boys and girls) born from the the 1st of January 2005 and younger

WSF Members:
Riders must be from WSF member nations to be considered.

Qualification – World Rookie Final:

  • Top 20 riders of the World Rookie Rank (top 20 male, top 20 female) + the top 10 riders from the Grom rank by the of March 25th 2020 will qualify.
  • The top 3 riders, both male and female / Rookie and Grom, from the previous international stops are already qualified to the World Rookie Finals. (see WRT Calendar)
  • Additional WSF Member Criteria. – 2 Rookies Men, 2 Rookie Girl, 1 GromMan, 1 Grom Girl.

To sum it up, this platform is and will be without a doubt one of the key platforms for the young up-and-coming riders and generally the well-being of the snowboarding world which relies on those youngsters!

See or download the relevant Powerpoint presentation here.

To submit more events at once USE THIS MULTI EVENT FORM. Please send the form then back to
Make sure to always include the year of birth of the competitors (not the full date).

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