The FIS Congress in South Korea not only brought the official decision that Sierra Nevada, Spain, will host the 2017 World Championships but also released the official World Cup schedule for the up-coming season.
While there are still a few dates which are not finalized yet, the World Cup is well on its way to achieve its strategy of limiting the number of events with a focus on high quality and less quantity in the calendar from next season on.
Thus, the 2013 calendar has only a minimum of clashes with other non-FIS events due to fruitful coordination work during the last season.
As the goal for this season was to adjust and harmonize the World Cup calendar to and with other event schedules, FIS worked hard on meeting this expectations and finally was able to cooperate with the two U.S. Grand Prixs in Copper Mt. and Park City.
According to this, travel windows between events now seem to be easier to manage and handle by the riders than the years before.
24 venues in 18 countries
While the new schedule is taking the general calendar problems into account, riders, organizers and supporters had to deal with, FIS officials are also more than happy to have a few new venues/countries hosting a World Cup event.
Besides Antwerp, which will write history as first ever Belgium WC site, also Montafon, Rogla as well as the first ever stops in Norway (Kongsberg) and the Czech Republic (Spindleruv Mlyn) will celebrate their World Cup debut.
From New Zealand to Spain
In contrary to the new venues on tour, Cardrona Alpine Resort will kick off the season for the sixth time with a halfpipe event on August 24th and 25th.
A total of ten more freestyle snowboarding events will follow including three big airs (London, Antwerp and Stockholm) as well as four slopestyle contests (Copper Mt., Sochi, Spindleruv Mlyn and Sierra Nevada) and five halfpipe comps (Copper Mt., Ruka, Park City, Sochi and Sierra Nevada).
The boarder cross season will feature seven stops (Montafon, Telluride, Blue Mountain, Kongsberg, Sochi, Arosa with one additional venue tbd and the finals in Sierra Nevada) while the race boarders will lock horns in 12 races scheduled so far (Landgraaf, Carezza, Moscow, Bad Gastein, Sudelfeld, Rogla, Sochi, Arosa, La Molina and Sierra Nevada).
In addition, the 10th FIS Snowboard World Championships taking place in Stoneham and Quebec will host events in the parallel slalom and parallel giant slalom, boarder cross, big air, halfpipe and slopestyle.
Click here to view the full World Cup calendar.