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South America Rookie Fest: the countdown has begun!

From the 9th to the 14th of August the best rookies of the world and the future south American snowboard stars will gather in Valle Nevado to participate to the South America Rookie Fest!

The slopestyle contest will take place on Saturday the 11th in the spectacular Valle Nevado snowpark and beside the competition will be organized two days of backcountry riding, a travel to Santiago where riders will have the opportunity to surf and skate in Mall Sport and take part to a video and photo shooting with some pro athlets.

Have a look at the program!

August 8th – Riders arriving to Chile.
August 9th – Warm up riding in Valle Nevado
August 10th – Training
August 11th  – Slopestyle Contest
August 12th – Weather Day / Backcountry filming
August 13th  – Backcountry filming
August 14th – Travel to Satiago (Skate and surfing in Mall Sport and Dinner at Santa Pizza)


About Valle Nevado
Valle Nevado is a modern, international level resort, known for its powder snowboarding, good backcountry access and well maintained slopes for all levels of snowboarders. This  resort is part of the Tres Valles (Three Valleys) along with neighboring resorts La Parva and El Colorado. Combined, the Tres Valles boast the largest terrain (7,000 acres) of South America.

Regarding the weather, it claims up to 80 percent sunny days, but due to its altitude and orientation, it generally maintains good, dry powder snow conditions for riders exploring the groomed slopes, bowls, and backcountry.



Valle Nevado is situated 3,670 meters above sea level and is surrounded by 6,000 meter peaks! Moreover, it is one of the few places in the world you may see the rare Andean Condor soaring above the pistes!

Click here to watch the past edition of South America Rookie Fest and enjoy some freeriding watching the video here.

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New Zealand welcomes the World Rookie Tour for the second year!

Get ready rookies! The 2018/ 2019 World Rookie Tour season has officially begun with the New Zealand Rookie Fest from the 14th to the 16th of August!

Following last year’s success, the Black Yeti returns to New Zealand for the second consecutive year! From Tuesday 14 to Thursday 16 August the amazing Cardrona Alpine Resort in Wanaka will host some of the world’s best under eighteen snowboarders and give them the opportunity to show their incredible skills and win a qualify spot in the legendary 2019 World Rookie Tour Final in Kitzsteinhorn – Zell am See-Kaprun, Austria.

Riders who are born in 2003, 2002 and 2001 and entered in the FIS NZ Freestyle Open will automatically be entered in NZ Rookie Fest and can earn points on the World Rookie Tour points lists.


The Slopestyle qualifications will be held on Tuesday 14 August and the finals on Wednesday 15 August. The Halfpipe will be in the 22ft Olympic Superpipe on Thursday 16 August.

Don’t miss this opportunity and sign up now! Click here to find all the info about the competition. To participate to NZ Rookie Fest, fill the form here.

IMPORTANT: if you are a FIS competitor entered in the FIS NZ Freestyle Open you are automatically entered in this competition!

2018 New Zealand Rookie Fest Schedule

Monday August 13
6:00pm-8:00pm: Team Captains Meeting at Snow Sport New Zealand office – 78 Anderson Rd, Wanaka

Tuesday August 14: Slopestyle, Qualifiers
7:00am Snow reports
8.30am Lifts open
9:00am – 9:40am Course Inspection/ Training all
9:40am – 3:00pm Qualifications, ladies and men
3:00pm Coaches meeting, bottom of course after final competition

Wednesday August 15: Slopestyle, Finals
7:00am Snow reports
8.30am Lifts open
9:00am – 9:50am Course Inspection/ Training all
10:00am – 12:25pm Finals ladies
12:30pm – 12:45pm Training Men’s finals
12:45pm – 2:30pm Finals Men
3:30pm Awards ceremony, Courtyard

Thursday August 16: Halfpipe Qualifiers and Finals
7:00am Snow reports
8.00am Lifts open for competitors
8:30am – 9:05am Training
9:10am – 12:20am Qualifications Ladies and Men
12:20pm – 1:10pm Training Finals All
1:10pm – 2:25pm Finals Ladies and Men
3:00pm Awards ceremony, Courtyard
Note: Final schedule to be announced at Team Captains Meeting

Friday August 17

If you need further information, please contact:

Luke Hetzel (Snow Sports NZ and Entries) +64 021 0838 2997
Graham Dunbar (Cardrona Alpine Resort) +64 027 543 9779
Carly Parker (Chief of Competition) +64 022 640 2035


World Rookie Fest (SS) – Valle Nevado, Chile 9.14 August 2018
New Zealand Rookie Fest (SS+HP) – Cardrona, New Zealand 14.16 August 2018

Corvatsch Rookie Fest (SS) – Corvatsch, Switzerland 12.16 December 2018
World Rookie Fest (SS) – Livigno, Italy 12.16 January 2019
World Rookie Finals (SS+HP) – Kitzsteinhorn – Zell am See-Kaprun, Austria 25.30 March 2019

Many other events will be announced soon! Stay Tuned!

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World Rookie Tour cooperates with X Games Norway 2018!

Taking part in the World Rookie Tour not only means to compete against the best riders coming from different nations, but it also means to have the chance to win prestigious awards! Therefore the Black Yeti is happy to announce that this year the winner of the World Rookie Finals that will be held in Kitzsteinhorn, Zell am See-Kaprun, Austria from the 10th to the 15th April 2018, will be rewarded with an invitation to participate to one of the best event ever: the X Games Norway 2018!

Discover here how to get qualifed for the 2018 World Rookie Finals!

The X Games Norway is an annual extreme sports event that brings together Snowboard and Ski Big Air, Skateboard Street competitions and live music. This year it will take place from the 16th to the 20th May. Where? The Ski & Snowboard Big Air competitions will be held at Fornebu in Baerum, whereas the Skateboard Street competions at Skur 13 in Oslo. Moreover X Games Norway program is enriched by music, concerts and parties that make this event more memorable.

Also famous snowboarders such as Marcus Kleveland, Roope Tonteri, Ståle Sandbech, Mons Roisland and Sven Thorgren, who started their carrier from the World Rookie Tour, partecipated to X Games Norway 2017. So this event is the perfect occasion to compete against the best snowboarder in the world and to increase your skills.


Tickets will be available beginning January 28 on Forthcoming details on the X Games athletes, competition schedule, music, telecast and more will be available on

Click here to see the trailer of the X Games Norway 2018.

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WRT Rider Mikko Rehnberg Video Edit

Nice video edit from Mikko Rehnberg, World Rookie Tour rider! Check it out!