The 2017 worlds will also be the second ever shared FIS Snowboard and Freestyle Skiing World Championships with the first ones to take place at Kreischberg, Austria, in 2015.
According to this, FIS Snowboard Race Director Uwe Beier and Technical Advisor Anders Forsell visited the Spanish winter sport resort in order to check the venue and its slopes, go through the last organizational points and also meet with officials of the FIS Freestyle Skiing (Joe Fitzgerald and Joel Franitch) in order to talk about several things such as shared venues etc.
In addition, representatives of lift manufacturer Doppelmayr (Sierra Nevada plans to invest in the infrastructure) or TV host broadcaster Infront also joined the inspection to guarantee that the event will see the best possible outcome for all riders, spectators, organizers and TV spectators.
“We determined the basic layout of the slopes. Start and finish areas and preliminary course lines. Especially for the boarder cross and alpine events as well as slopestyle. The halfpipe is already placed so everything is on a good way,” said Uwe Beier.
“However, our goal is to have one finish area for several events, so we had to check the site and see what we can do.”
During the inspection the FIS Snowboard Race Director got impressed by the local organizers. “It's incredible what they are doing. They like to plan everything perfect and well ahead.”
By saying this, Beier underlined the “road to the World Championships” - a long-time plan including one event almost every year on which Sierra Nevada is professionally concentrating on.
“They started with last year's Snowboard Junior World Championships which they hosted on a top level despite the lack of snow and facing bad weather conditions.
This year, the World Cup finals are on the program before also hosting the Universiade next year and finally the Worlds. The organizers are totally committed to do everything they can to provide the best facilities.”