But first we have even more World Cup action starting with qualification rounds today in Telluride, which is hosting the USSA FIS Snowboardcross World Cup event for the third year in a row.
"An American has never won a World Cup in Telluride," says Nate Holland, who set his sights high in a recent statement. "It would be rad to be the first. But many of my teammates are riding pretty well right now, so a U.S. sweep is what I'm looking for."
Qualification rounds for the Snowboardcross race (aka SBX, the rough-and-tumble every-rider-for-themselves melee that has become a hit at both the Olympics and the X Games) run today from 9:55 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Paired Giant Slalom qualifications and finals will be held on Thursday starting at 9 a.m.
For the big show, head to Telluride for the SBX finals at noon on Friday and the SBX team finals at noon on Saturday, followed by a blowout after-party in Mountain Village with Telluride funksters The Great Funktier. Can't make it to Telluride this week? That's your loss, but NBC will be airing its coverage from the Snowboardcross finals at 5 p.m. on New Year's Eve.