Prime Minister of the Republic of Bulgaria

Honorary Chairman OC

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Dear sports fans,

It is a pleasure for me to be part of the organisation of the FIS Snowboard World Cup 2018 once again and therefore to welcome the best world snowboarders in Bansko, Bulgaria.

The privilege of being given the rights to organise World Cup races in Bansko by the FIS again proves the Bulgarian Ski Federation’s serious attitude when hosting world class sporting events.

Being hosts of prestigious competitions since 2009, confirms the trust given by the winter sports community to Bulgaria for our tremendous efforts to promote sports all over the world.

I’m confident that the superb conditions of our racing courses and the presence of our champions Radoslav Yankov and Alexandra Jekova will be highly appreciated by our fans. I also hope that the warm Bulgarian hospitality and the unique spirit of Bansko will touch our worldwide audience.

Good luck to all.

Minister of youth and sports

Dear organizers, participants and friends of snowboard,

It’s a privilege for me to congratulate you on the occasion of organizing the Snowboard World Cup in Bansko.

After the excellent organization of the Bansko Snowboard World Cup last season, our country is coming back on the world stage of snowboard by hosting again the most attractive disciplines in snowboard: parallel and giant slalom, and boardercross. I have no doubt that we will do an excellent job, due to the fact that in the past years our country proved to be a successful host in the World and European cups from the calendar of the International Ski Federation.

Between the 26th and 28th of January 2018 the Bulgarian fans will have the privilege to see all famous snowboard stars live on “Tomba” slope. We are also proud that the current champion in the parallel discipline Radoslav Yankov and the best lady of Bulgarian snowboard Alexandra Jekova are among them.

The upcoming event is extremely valuable for us and it will have a huge social effect. I hope that this event will spark the love for winter sports in all the kids and teenagers watching.

I wish all the athletes, a successful start and achievement of their sports goals. It is an indisputable fact that the athletes will make their best for an excellent performance in the name of good sportsmanship and this beautiful sport.

Good Luck.

Mayor of the municipality of Bansko

Dear Ladies and Gentlemen,

Allow me to compare snowboarding to light writing This is my heartfelt wish – that each of you may experience his or her light story in the town below Todorka peak. May some of you carve their biggest or first success in this fantastic winter sport! May other competitors have an unforgettable experience in contact with the charming nature of Pirin! And for the rest - have a memorable time in the special cozy, traditional comfort of Bansko.

All of us, organizers and hosts alike, have devoted our best efforts to make this event happen. I do hope that you will also feel the extraordinary hospitality of the native people in my town, who will once again open their homes and hearts to you.

Welcome to Bansko, a town that will always look forward to welcoming you, and would be honored to have the privilege of being a co-author in your unique ski story, engraved with light on the ridge of Pirin.