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International snowboard competition coming to Horseshoe Resort

More than $50K in cash and prizes up for grabs at all-inclusive snowboard event
The Vans' annual international snowboard event will kick off its world tour Jan. 12 at Horseshoe Resort. Contributed photo

The Vans Hi-Standard Series, Vans’ annual international snowboard event, announces the official world tour dates for the 2019 season.

For the first time in the series history, the all-ages snowboard event will land in Moscow, Russia, along with stops across China, South Korea, Canada and the US.

Challenging snowboarders to showcase creative expression in a fun open-jam format, the Hi-Standard Series competitors are judged solely on their individual style, with no inverts or spins over 720 allowed. One male and one female from each stop will be crowned the regional MVP, earning an all-expenses paid trip to the series’ grand finale for an opportunity to ride with the Vans snow team and the chance to battle for the 2019 Vans Hi-Standard Series MVP series title. 

Kicking off the 2019 world tour at Horseshoe Resort in Oro-Medonte Township on Jan. 12, the Vans Hi-Standard Series will provide free registration, lift tickets and lunch vouchers to all participants.

The paid session offers riders cash on the spot for most innovative manoeuvres, while the 'Van Doren Best Trick' will award one winner from each age category, ranging from 15-and-under and 16-and-over. With more than $50K in cash and prizes up for grabs, this all-inclusive snowboard event challenges riders to push the limits with creative tricks, while championing the spirit of 'style is everything.'

New for the 2019 season, the Hi-Standard Series will offer a 'Creative Obstacle' contest for the park crews, the resort staff who is responsible for building and maintaining the snowboard parks. At stops within Canada and the US, each park crew will be given one flat box, one mail box and one Sidestripe rail, encouraging each team to create the most unique course design for 'Van Doren Best Trick' segment. The winning park crew from the tour will be outfitted in 2019/20 Vans snowboard boots, Vans MTE footwear and apparel.

In addition to the snowboard jam, Vans will present a shoe customization workshop hosted by a different featured artist in each city. Spectators and family members can enter their personalized designs to win a pair of their very own customized Vans.

Fans and competitors can also expect to see familiar faces from the global Vans Snow team throughout the tour.

Event Schedule:

8:30 a.m. – 10 a.m.              Registration

9:30 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.         Practice for all categories

10:15 a.m. – 11 a.m.            Paid session – 15 and under and 30+

11:15 a.m. to 12 p.m.           Paid session – 16+

12:00 pm to 12:45 pm           Lunch and course maintenance

1 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.                Paid session – 15 and under

1:45 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.          Paid session – 16+

2:30 p.m. – 4 p.m.                Van Doren Best Trick contest

4:15 p.m.                              Awards ceremony



January 12 - Horseshoe Resort 

January 19 - Mont Avila, Quebec Canada

January 19 - Nanshan Mellow Parks, Beijing, China

January 26 - Phoenix Snow Park GW, South Korea

February 2 - Mount Snow, Vermont, United States

February 16 - Norquay, Alberta, Canada

March 2 – Kaht, Moscow, Russia

March 9 - Mt. Seymour, British Columbia, Canada

March 23 – Brighton Ski Resort, Utah, United States



Vans, a VF Corporation (NYSE: VFC) brand, is the original action sports footwear, apparel and accessories brand. Vans® authentic collections are sold in 84 countries through a network of subsidiaries, distributors and international offices. Vans® has over 2,000 retail locations globally including owned, concession and partnership doors.

The Vans brand promotes creative self-expression in youth culture across action sports, art, music and street culture and delivers progressive platforms such as the Vans Park Series, Vans Triple Crown of Surfing, Vans Pool Party, Vans Custom Culture, and Vans’ cultural hub and international music venue, House of Vans.