Alaskan Olympians prepare for the snowboard slopestyle event Friday

Ryan Stassel provided an early look at the slopestyle course in Pyeongchang. NBC photo.
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PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (KTUU) - The new course for the Olympic slopestyle event has been open for training all week in Pyeongchang, ahead of Friday's first qualifying rounds on the course.

During this time, athletes like Alaska's Ryan Stassel have been taking advantage of the opportunity to familiarize themselves with it ahead of the actual judged runs.

Snowboard competitions are set to kick off Friday starting with the slopestyle event. That run will see men's qualifiers on Feb. 9 and finals on Feb. 10, and women's qualifiers on Feb. 10 and finals on Feb. 11. A listing of all snowboard events, not only the slopestyle, can be found on NBC's full snowboard schedule.

Many are calling the South Korea variant course for slopestyle one of the most creative courses designed for the competition. Listed among its features are rail options, a bowl, angled jumps and quarterpipe takeoffs. This could translate into multiple different approaches from athletes, and a more varied viewing for spectators.

"The course in Pyeongchang is very creative," snowboarder Jamie Anderson told NBC. "The test event was super unique and different than any other course I've rode."

NBC gave a comprehensive breakdown of what the course would consist of when the designs first came out ahead of the Olympic games.

Thanks to Alaskan snowboarder Stassel, fans were shown a preview look earlier this week via the athlete's Instagram page. The now-two-time U.S. Olympian shared photos of the course's features during training ahead of the live event.


An overall top-to-bottom look at the whole slopestyle course for the PyeongChang Olympics. NBC photo via International Ski Federation.