Following snowboarding’s competitive circuit has rarely been easy, mainly thanks to the presence of two rival tours – neither of which has the best of track records.
On the one hand you have the Fédération Internationale du Ski (FIS), which went from barely acknowledging snowboarding’s existence to presiding over its Olympic qualification process in a disturbingly short period of time. These days they run several successful snowboarding events, including their World Cup series, but the tour still struggles to shake off the baggage of history.
Then there’s the World Snowboard Tour (WST). While on paper it’s always been ‘for snowboarders, by snowboarders’, that’s never quite been enough to consistently attract the best riders – especially whenever FIS is running Olympic qualifiers. Fortunately, things are looking up – unlike last year, both the X Games and Air & Style series have signed up to the WST’s schedule, making that tour’s event list far more weighty than the one they had in 2014/15.
“Keeping track of it all can be an absolute bastard, so we’ve trawled the various calendars to compile a definitive list of the year’s most important events”
On top of those, there’s the odd event that’s independent of either tour. These don’t tent to be “elite” contests, yet for various reasons they’ve become staples of the contest calendar.
Keeping track of it all can be an absolute bastard, so we’ve trawled the various calendars to compile a definitive list of the year’s most important events. Included is key information about each event, covering the folowing categories:
- Venue – where it’s all going down, obviously.
- Disciplines – Slopestyle, Halfpipe and Big Air are the popular ones here; for the sake of simplicity we’ve omitted snowboardcross and any other forms of racing (with one notable exception). Occasionally a quarterpipe comp or rail jam may sneak in too, though.
If you’re more interested in freeriding, you can find all the dates and information for the Freeride World Tour here.
- Tour affiliation – Whether the event is part of the FIS tour, the WST, or neither.
- M/F – Whether the event caters for men, women, or both.
Events are listed in chronological order – click a link to skip:
NOVEMBER 2015: Pleasure Jam
FEBRUARY 2016: Air & Style Innsbruck | FIS World Cup Boston | Snowboard Jamboree | FIS World Cup Sapporo | Legendary Baker Banked Slalom | FIS World Cup Bokwang | Air & Style Los Angeles | Vans Hi Standard Series | X Games Oslo | Burton US Open
MARCH 2016: World Championships Of Snowboarding
MAY 2016: King Of The Hill