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Shaun White Officially Announces ‘Snow League’ - A Global Tour with a $1.5 Million Prize Purse Coming in 2025

Shaun White, the perennial poster child of snowboarding, has announced the launch of the Snow League, a new contest tour for halfpipe and free skiing halfpipe competitions, set to begin in early 2025.

In a press release, White stated, "After years of competing in various formats, it's clear that our athletes deserve a legit professional league. The Snow League will give riders and free skiers a platform for the most exciting athletic competition. Now is the moment to elevate the next generation of winter athletes who are pushing the limits."

The Snow League aims to bring a fresh approach to the competitive circuit, with the goal of establishing a long-standing successful tour akin to surfing’s WSL or skateboarding’s Street League. While past efforts like the TTR Tour and the International Snowboarding Federation had similar lofty aspirations, neither achieved long-term viability.

Here’s what we know about the format:

At each stop, riders will first need to advance out of a qualifying round and then compete in a head-to-head bracket system. The prize purse for all five stops is said to total $1.5 million, making it the richest competition in snow sports, according to the event organizers.

The league will feature 20 men and 16 women, with each event spanning three days:

Day 1: Training day

Day 2: Qualifying day

  • 20 men and 16 women will be seeded into four qualifying heats, each with a best-of-two-run format.
  • The top qualifier from each heat will advance to the championship day.
  • The next two best scores from each heat will also compete for the last four championship spots in a "last chance qualifier" heat, using an additional best-of-two-run format.

Day 3: Championship day

  • 8 men and 8 women will move on to the championship day, featuring a head-to-head bracket format, seeded from qualifying day with quarterfinals, semifinals, and finals.
  • Each rider must win two out of three runs to advance to the next round in the bracket.

In the end, we all crave a snowboard tour that's both epic and unforgettable. Shaun White seems ready to deliver the goods. We're stoked to see how this contest series evolves beyond the halfpipe, even if it's just the jolt competitive halfpipe has been yearning for. Realistically, only time will tell. Shaun sees this as his next big chapter, and we’re all in, hoping it makes the kind of waves we’ve been promised.

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