Innovations in Snowboarding
The members of the Snowboard Committee reviewed, among other topics, the competition calendar for the upcoming seasons, in addition to looking at new technologies and formats.
Both competition calendars for 2014/15 and 2015/16 were confirmed with the Committee very pleased with the 2014/15 calendar, which includes more events compared to the previous season.
Winterberg (GER) has returned as a PSL host and Moscow (RUS) will be returning with a big air and PSL city event after one year of absence. The resort of Squaw Valley (USA) has added SBX events to the already existing halfpipe and slopestyle competitions, which is an important step since the United States is one of the leading nations in Snowboarding and will host the FIS Freestyle and Snowboard World Championships in 2019. Gstaad (SUI) with a big air event is also new to the calendar and a very promising World Cup host with an experienced and motivated Organising Committee. Furthermore, the Czech Republic resort of Spindleruv Mlyn will host a slopestyle event again after the successful 2012/13 edition.World Cup Calendar 2015/2016 Longterm Calendar World Cup 2016/2017
FIS, in collaboration with its partner Swiss Timing, is working on introducing new technologies to Snowboarding such as helmet cameras, new and modern TV graphics and new timing technologies. The primary goal is to provide as much detailed information to the TV audience.
The parallel mixed team event featuring mixed gender national teams against each other is scheduled to be introduced this World Cup season to test the system.
In addition, similar to Freestyle Skiing, a three-run final format in halfpipe was adopted to allow athletes to progress better in the finals, which was limited to two runs before.
Future plans also foresee the introduction of a new qualification format for SBX, similar to Formula One where riders can race numerous times in a fixed timeframe to achieve their best qualification result.
The Snowboard Committee discussed a number of proposals regarding the quota system, notably in halfpipe and slopestyle, aiming at controlling the starting fields and increasing the quality of competitions. This will also help World Cup Organisers to better execute the events. A similar approach was developed for the World Championships.
The continued goal of the Committee remains to secure partners to help move forward all aspects of the sport and promotional side of Snowboarding for future growth.