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The 2019 World Para Snowboard Championships will be held in Pyhä, Finland from 26-31 March. With a hundred of the best riders in the world, it will be the biggest Para snowboard event of the season. The event is organised by the Finnish Snowboard Association together with Pyhä ski resort.
Pyhä ski resort - an unique venue
When you think about Pyhä, you have to talk about Pyhä magic. Surrounded by the astonishing scenery of Finnish Lapland and based in one of the snowiest areas of Finland, Pyhä is an ideal venue for a snowboard event to remember.
Last season, the Finnish Snowboard Association organised two World Cup events that were riders’ favourites. The course, the resort and the organisation got exceptionally positive feedback, and for the World Championships the bar is even higher.
Pyhä ski resort is pleasantly compact: all the important services and facilities - lifts, hotel, restaurants, accommodation, a well-equipped gym, massage rooms, meeting rooms for team captains, relaxing areas and so on - are just couple of hundred metres away from each other.
Pyhä was nominated as 2017 Ski Resort Of The Year in Finland, and it is easy to see why. The resort is focusing on the most important thing - the riding - but the facilities are top class, too. Pyhä is also the best place in Finland for backcountry riding.
Polar Madness - the event arena
Next to Pyhäexpress, a fast, decked chair lift, is located the event arena: Polar Madness, a slope specifically built for snowboard-cross and banked slalom courses. The Finnish Snowboard Association has been helping to make it the best place in Finland for snowboard-cross camps and competitions. No wonder teams around the world gather at Pyhä in early season to train for upcoming competitions.
Last season, riders were really impressed with the versality and technicality of Polar Madness. It will definitely host the best Para snowboard competition to date.
Host Towns - Kemijärvi and Pelkosenniemi
Pyhä is located within two towns: Pelkosenniemi and Kemijärvi. They are both small, authentic Lapland villages. Kemijärvi has 7,500 inhabitants and Pelkosenniemi less than 1000.
They are in Northern Finland, above The Arctic Circle. The distance to Finland’s capital Helsinki is circa 900 kilometres, but they are easy to access by plane or train.
In Northern Finland, it is easy to find peace and quiet from the beautiful nature of Lapland. You can even see reindeers walking next you in the town centres, so the wilderness is everywhere!
Arriving to Pyhä
It is easy to get to Pyhä - whether you come by car or by public transportation.
The nearest airport is in Rovaniemi. Airlines flying to Rovaniemi are Finnair and Norwegian. It takes about 90 minutes to drive from Rovaniemi to Pyhä but there are also good SkiBus connections from Rovaniemi airport operating four times per day in winter time.
The nearest train stations are at Rovaniemi and Kemijärvi. Travelling to Rovaniemi or Kemijärvi from southern Finland (10-12 hours) is easy and a car-carrier train is also available. SkiBus transports you to Pyhä from both of these stations.
A SkiBus transports people to Pyhä-Luosto area from Rovaniemi year-round. During high season the bus drives four times a day and during lower season twice a day. Pyhä-Luosto SkiBus is a connection to certain Finnair and other international flights. The timetable may change accordingly. SkiBus Rovaniemi Airport – Pyhä, and vice versa costs EUR 31 per person for one way.