The White Festival is a 'world first' for an indoor event. As so many of you were at pains to point out when the event was announced, there have been indoor skiing events before. But none aimed to combine all the various freeski competition disciplines: slopestyle, halfpipe, and big air, along with street skiing and style more akin to what you'd find on your screens in movies. For three days, the arena will be transformed into an indoor snowpark and 40 of the best skiers and snowboarders on the planet will be present and throwing down in an event that is part competition, part exhibition. In fact, those skiers and boarders will compete in teams of two (one skier + one snowboarder) to take home a share of the $25k prize. The riders list is stacked and the teams line up as follows:


France – Hugo Laugier (ski) & Sacha Moretti (snowboard)

USA – Taylor Seaton (ski) & Brandon Davis (snowboard)

Europe - Tom Ritsch (ski) & Ethan Morgan (snowboard)

Europe II – Henrik Harlaut (ski) & Sebbe de Buck (snowboard)

Europe III - Magnus Graner (ski) & Titouan Bartet (snowboard)

Sweden – Jesper Tjader (ski) & Ludvig Billtoft (snowboard)

Swiss – Laurent de Martin (ski) & Max Buri (snowboard)

Canada – Phil Casabon (ski) & Frank Bourgeois (snowboard)

Oversea I - Jossi Wells (ski) & Nik Baden(snowboard)

Oversea II - Finn Bilous (ski) & Enzo Valax (snowboard)

Oversea III – Nico Porteous (ski) & Kyle Mack (snowboard)

Finland - Antti Ollila (ski) & Roope Tonteri (snowboard)


There is also a ladies event featuring:

Marie Martinod (ski, France)

Coline Ballet-Baz (ski, France)

Sarah Hoefflin (ski, Swiss)

Klaudia Medlova (snowboard, Slovakia)


The action goes all goes down on Friday (Qualifying: 10am to 3.30pm EST) and Saturday (Finals: 10am to 3.30pm EST) and will be live streamed on Newschoolers.