Fenway Park to host big air skiing/snowboarding event (renderings)
Boston’s Fenway Park will host a big air skiing and snowboarding event from Feb. 11-12.
“Our intentions are to stage the biggest and best big-air competition in the history of the sport at Fenway Park,” USSA CMO Michael Jaquet said, according to Sports Business Daily.
NBCSN will air live coverage Thursday, Feb. 11, from 8:30-10 p.m. ET of the men’s and women’s snowboarding events and Friday, Feb. 12, from 9-10:30 p.m. of the men’s and women’s freeskiing events.
The big air ramp will be 110 feet high and run from center field to home plate, Jaquet said in a phone interview. For perspective, the Green Monster left-field wall is 37 feet high.
The seats above the Green Monster will be among those occupied by ticketed fans to watch the events, Jaquet said.
In big air, snowboarders and skiers do a single trick off a ramp similar to those seen on slopestyle courses.
Men’s and women’s snowboard big air will debut at the Olympics in Pyeongchang in 2018. Ski big air is not in the Olympic program.
Men’s snowboard big air has been part of the International Ski Federation’s World Championships since 2003, with Finland dominating, though Canada and the U.S. have fared well at the Winter X Games. Women’s big air debuted at the World Championships this year but hasn’t been added to the X Games yet.
Here are renderings of what Fenway Park could look like come February: