World Cup History

World Cup Globe


  • Due to a decision of the FIS congress in May 1994 snowboarding is officially included in the FIS competition program, combined with the intention to apply for the integration of snowboarding in the official Olympic program.

  • The very first FIS Snowboard World Cup is organised in the winter of 1994/1995, featuring 23 competitions for both men and women at nine venues in seven countries (Austria, France, Italy, Germany, Japan, USA and Canada). On November 26th, 1994, the first contest of the season takes place in Kaprun, Austria.  


  • In December 1995, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) officially decides to include snowboarding to the Olympic program.

  • The World Cup calendar is extended to 33 competitions at 14 venues.

  • In 1996, Lienz, Austria hosts the first ever FIS Snowboard World Championships, featuring Giant Slalom, Parallel Slalom and Halfpipe.


  • In the 1996/1997 season, Snowboard Cross is part of the World Cup program for the first time and thus an official discipline at the second FIS Snowboard World Championships in Innichen/San Candido, Italy.


  • Snowboarding celebrates its Olympic debut at the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan, with medals awarded to men and women in Giant Slalom and Halfpipe.


  • NOKIA Mobile Phones takes over the title sponsorship.

  • The third FIS Snowboard World Championships are held in Berchtesgaden, Germany, featuring Giant Slalom, Parallel Giant Slalom, Halfpipe and Snowboard Cross.


  • With a total of 41 competitions and 17 venues in nine countries, the NOKIA Snowboard FIS World Cup 1999/2000 becomes more extensive than ever before.


  • The 2000/2001 season brings 38 competitions for both men and women with 15 tour stops in ten countries. For the first time in the World Cup history, Finland is hosting a contest.

  • The fourth FIS Snowboard World Championships take place in Madonna di Campiglio, Italy, featuring Giant Slalom, Parallel Giant Slalom, Parallel Slalom, Halfpipe and Snowboard Cross.


  • The 2001/2002 season is marked by the Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City, USA, where snowboarding has its second Olympic appearance. After Parallel Giant Slalom had replaced the Giant Slalom, the snowboarders from now on have to compete in thrilling head-to-head matches which are decided through a knock-out system. As in Nagano, Halfpipe was the second Olympic snowboard discipline.

  • Big Air is added to the World Cup calendar as an official discipline.

  • With the Opening in Valle Nevado, Chile, the Snowboard FIS World Cup celebrates its South America debut.


  • As Big Air had a phenomenal start in the FIS Snowboard World Cup during the previous season, eight Big Air contests are organised. Berlin (Germany), Salzburg (Austria), Munich (Germany) and Turin (Italy) are the venues for the Big Air City Events.

  • Murau-Kreischberg, Austria, hosts the fifth FIS Snowboard World Championships where the snowboarders show their skills in five disciplines: Parallel Giant Slalom, Parallel Slalom, Halfpipe, Snowboard Cross and - for the first time - Big Air.

  • In February 2003, Snowboard Cross is included to the Olympic Program.

  • Maribor is the first Eastern European city which participates in the NOKIA Snowboard FIS World Cup.


  • A Snowboard FIS World Cup first takes place in 2003. The tour newcomer Landgraaf, Netherlands, organises an indoor contest for the first time in the history of the NOKIA Snowboard FIS World Cup. In October 2003, the season's second Parallel Slalom is held in SnowWorld Landgraaf.

  • Due to the great success in the last season, a second Japanese venue organises World Cup competitions. Joetsu Kokusai celebrates its premiere with one Halfpipe event and two Snowboard Cross races.


  • This season, the World Cup is pretty busy with travelling. For the first time ever, contests are hosted in Spain, Korea and Russia.

  • The 2005 FIS Snowboard FIS World Championships in Canada are highlighting this season. In Whistler, BC, Canada, World Champions are crowned in all five disciplines.


  • The 2006 Olympic Winter Games in Turin, Italy, for sure are the spotlight: For the first time ever in the history of this highlight snowboarders are battling for Olympic medals in three disciplines - supported by an amazing crowd. Besides the established Halfpipe and Parallel Giant Slalom competitions, Snowboard Cross is celebrating a spectacular debut.

  • In addition to Rotterdam (NED), Le Relais (CAN), Shukolovo (RUS) and Furano (JPN), Leysin and Nendaz are organising World Cup competitions for the first time. Both Swiss resorts will be on the 2006/2007 tour schedule like the Russian and Japanese newcomer.

  • One also is able to witness a remarkable record when Daniela Meuli, the dominating Swiss rider, not only takes home the Olympic Gold medal in the Parallel Giant Slalom winning in the final over German Amelie Kober but also climbs the World Cup podium in every Parallel race. The three times Overall World Champion triumphs five times before she retires from her active snowboard career in August 2006 in the age of 24.


  • For the first time in the history of the World Cup, the season's opener takes place in Holland. SnowWorld Landgraaf, the World Cup tour's fridge, once again hosts a parallel slalom indoor.

  • New stops of the world wide circuit are: Stockholm, Sweden and Graz, Austria.

  • In addition, Calgary steps back into the spot light after not being part of the calendar for ten years-

  • But besides all calendar changes, the highlight of the season were the 7th FIS Snowboard World Championships organised in Arosa. The Swiss winter sport resort managed a perfect major event despite the lack of snow and extremely warm weather conditions.

  • After the Olympic Winter Games the year before, there was a massive interest of media with eleven TV stations broadcasting live, hundreds of media representatives at site and, last but not least, thousands of spectators.

  • There was no seat left on the stances which were built up next to the parallel, snowboard cross and big air sites. In addition, 7,000 lined up at the halfpipe to watch Mathieu Crepel crowning himself double World Champion after he had also rocked the big air comp the day before by nailing a sw bs 1260; it was the first try the Frenchman tried this trick in a contest


  • The 2008 season kicked off with a first! For the first time ever, the world's best met down under to compete in a halfpipe World Cup contest in New Zealand. Cardrona provided a perfectly shaped pipe and thus marked an incredible start into the new "winter" (the comp took place late August of 2007).

  • Besides Cardrona, there were once again several newcomers on World Cup level: Limone Piemonte, Italy, Sofia, Bulgaria as well as La Molina, Spain and Gujo-Gifu, Japan made a dent.

  • In addition, another new stop entered the World Cup scene by hosting the finals right away, the first time for years with all disciplines being held at the same spot: Chiesa in Valmalenco; the years before, big air competitions were held separately.


  • LG Electronics of Korea takes over the title sponsorship of the FIS Snowboard World Cup

  • Don't cry for me Argentina - it has taken quite a while, but in the 2008/2009 season, Chapelco hosted the first ever World Cup stop in the South American country. In the Patagonian Andes, a snowboard cross was held.

  • Other new places the world's elite was travelling to for the first time in the World Cup history were: London, Great Britain, Grenoble, France, Sudelfeld, Germany, Sunday River in the USA and last but not least, Cypress Mountain, Canada. The venue located right outside of Vancouver, B.C., was the dress rehearsal for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games.

  • The first ever slopestyle on World Cup level is scheduled in Bardonecchia, Italy, but has to be cancelled after the qualifiers cannot be held due to massive snow fall.

  • But also this season had its major highlight, the first World Championships in Asia. Sungwoo, a resort in the Gangwon province, Korea, organised the 8th edition of FIS Snowboard WCS. A big and successful step for snowboarding.


  • The 2010 season was definitely influenced by the 2010 Olympic Winter Games. A first mark of the OWG was set down under at the very first stop of the season, when Shaun White stomped back-to-back double corks in the halfpipe. A new trick, the world's best had to learn if they wanted to have a chance for Olympic Gold.

  • But in the end, the super star from the US had something more in store, the mind crapping double McTwist 1260, which crowned his victory lap and himself as third snowboarder to celebrate back-to-back Olympic titles.

  • The second one was his fellow countryman Seth Wescott who had dominated the snowboard cross event a few days before.

  • However, the Olympic Winter Games also brought the first Gold for Australia with Torah Bright winning the halfpipe contest and delighted Canada with Maelle Ricker (SBX) and Jasey Jay Anderson (PGS) winning the title.  

  • The World Cup season featured a few new tour stops: Telluride, USA and Seoul, Korea, with the latter one to host one of the biggest in city big air competitions ever to be seen. 50,000 spectators lined up downtown to witness the likes of 2009 Big Air World Champion Markku Koski (FIN) and Stefan Gimpl.

  • Gimpl in the end proofed that snowboard veterans can also do good in the freestyle world as he won the Big Air World Cup for the third consecutive time. It was his fourth title in total.

  • Although Moscow had been part of the calendar four times before, the Russian capital provided another first in the World Cup history: unlike using a massive ramp for big air competition, the first ever parallel slalom course was flagged on the world's biggest snow ramp.

  • Finally! The first slopestyle World Cup winners have been named. At Canada Olympic Park in Calgary, ON., Sina Candrian (SUI) and Mark McMorris (CAN) win the first SBS World Cup.


  • Implementation of slopestyle as World Championships and Junior World Championships discipline; the first World Champion have been crowned in La Molina, 2011. Enni Rukajarvi (FIN) and Seppe Smits (BEL) were the first riders ever to take home Slopestyle Gold.

  • In addition, the first ever WCS in Spain brought Australia's winter sport star to shine bright. Besides Alex Pullin (SBX) also Holly Crawford and Nathan Johnstone claimed the Halfpipe WCS title. Benjamin Karl was the most succesful athlete winning both, the Parallel Slalom and the Parallel Giant Slalom.

  • The possibility of hosting snowboard cross races with final heats of six riders when the terrain allows the needed bigger courses.

  • From the first parallel slalom of the 2011 season on (Landgraaf, Holland), the one-pieced race suites are not allowed any more for parallel events.

  • With Yabuli, China set its first ever mark on the World Cup calendar. In addition, Yongpyong, host of the 2018 Winter Games was the third Korean host to welcome World Cup riders.

  • The season also brought a change in the race for the Overall World Cup Globes. While there are still Crystal Globes handed out for each discipline winner, there are also a Freestyle Overall Winner (halfpipe, slopestyle and big air) and a Race/Speed Overall Winner (snowboard cross, parallel slalom, parallel giant slalom).


  • Tough weather conditions to deal with leading to postponements (Carezza), cancellations (Jasna) as well as event changes (Bad Gastein with Veysonnaz) and a first (First ever halfpipe judging from the middle of a pipe due to heavy fog).

  • A total of 27 events were held at 17 venues located in 13 different countries.

  • PSL Moscow so the rebirth of a feature on the race course: the pro jump.

  • New on the calendar were: Carezza, Italy, Jauerling, Austria as well as Blue Mountain, Canada.

  • The World Championships test event in Stoneham and Quebec, Canada, saw the most extensive World Cup event since ten years. For the second time in history, a fully packed World Cup week featured competitions in all five World Cup disciplines. Back in 2001, Ruka, Finland hosted also five events, however, in different disciplines.

  • In Stoneham and Quebec, Canada, Janne Korpi (FIN) emerged as most successful freestyle rider of the season winning the World Cup title in Halfpipe, Big Air and Freestyle Snowboarding Overall.

  • Two other riders did win the Crystal Globe for the first time in their career: Patrizia Kummer (SUI), who became the rising star of race boarding winning not only five parallel events out of eleven but also the Parallel World Cup. On the men's side, Andreas Prommegger clinched his first Parallel World Cup title by edging off Roland Fischnaller to second of the standings with the TINY lead of 20 points.


  • Introduction of a Parallel Overall World Cup title as well as World Cup title for Parallel Slalom AND Parallel Giant Slalom.

  • Possible features for PSL course are increased to pro jumps, rollers and/or berms.

  • Use of the single run format for knock out rounds of the parallel events (most likely psl) strengthening the qualification results. 


  • With the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, Organisers tried the best the can to put together a World Cup calendar which would suit the riders the most. As many contests/races as possible were scheduled ahead of the season's major event

  • As a result 16 World Cups were staged before February, 4/5 of all 20 World Cup stops which took place at 15 different venues and in eleven different countries

  • Lake Louise, Canada and Vallnord-Arcalis, Andorra, celebrated their debuts as World Cup hosts organising snowboard cross races

  • Another result of the tight early season calendar: eight of 14 Crystal Globes were already awarded before athletes descended on Sochi to battle for gold, silver and bronze

  • The Olympics brought the first ever medal decisions in parallel slalom and titles for Julia Dujmovits (AUT) and Vic Wild (RUS) who was the most successful snowboarder with two golds as well as the first ever Olympic slopestyle competition which saw Jamie Anderson (USA) and Sage Kotsenburg (USA) stand out - and while slopestyle will remain for the up-coming Olympic Winter Games, was taken off the programme after the season again
  • In total, all Sochi gold medallists celebrated their first titles; and it's been the first Winter Games where Shaun White (USA) had to walk home without a medal finishing fourth in the men's halfpipe competition
  • Also the FIS Snowboard World Cup tour was special this season as no less than 18 athletes were able to bring home their very first World Cup win: Christy Prior (NZL), Rana Okada (JPN), Ester Ledecka (CZE), Shuang Li (CHN), Paul Berg (GER), Fabio Cordi (ITA), Mans Hedberg (SWE), Maxence Parrot (CAN), Lukas Mathies (AUT), Petja Piiroinen (FIN), Vic Wild (RUS), Trevor Jacob (USA), Alexander Bergmann (GER), Staale Sandbech (NOR), Taylor Gold (USA), Jarryd Hughes (AUS), Anton Unterkofler (AUT) and Ayumu Hirano (JPN)


  • The post-Olympic season was a turbulent as it could get weather-wise. Many events of the early season were on the rocks. At the end, Local Organisers in Carezza, Italy were forced to postpone the event while the ones in Montafon, Austria had to cancel the snowboard cross races but were able to replace them with parallel slalom events
  • However, Montafon LOC was able to host the first ever parallel team event with Italians Nadya Ochner and Roland Fischnaller earning the glory
  • But the psl team race wasn't the only first that season: new World Cup host Istanbul, the first ever from Turkey, saw female snowboarders hitting a big air World Cup kicker for the first time with Ty Walker (USA) coming out victorious and securing her spot in the history books
  • Another highlight of this season full of firsts: the first ever combined FIS Snowboard and Freestyle Skiing World Championships stage at Kreischberg and Lachtal, Austria which not only produced the youngest but also oldest snowboard world champion in history: Miyabi Onitsuka (JPN) won slopestyle gold at the age of 16 while 41-year-old veteran Claudia Riegler (AUT) snatched the pgs title at her 11th (!) worlds
  • And not to forget, it's also been the first time women battled it out for the big air world championships title with Elena Koenz (SUI) triumphing


  • A season with no major events it was the 2018 Olympic Winter Games casting their shadows before as the Olympic test events in slopestyle and snowboard cross were staged at the Bokwang Phoenix Park, venue of the PyeongChang snowboard decisions
  • Besides the South Korean resort, there were also some more venues which celebrated a very successful debut as World Cup host such as Sunny Valley, Russia, Baqueira Beret, Spain or Feldberg, Germany which saw snowboard cross racers compete in the first ever sprint SBX events
  • In addition, Kayseri, Turkey was also new on the World Cup map as well as Boston, USA where a big air event never-to-forget took place in front of the iconic Green Wall of Fenway Park, home to the Boston Red Sox baseball team
  • In sporting terms, there was one man who truly left his stamp in the snow: Radoslav Yankov, a so-far unknown racer from Bulgaria, hit the scene by storm not only celebrating wins in Cortina d'Ampezzo and Bad Gastein but also securing the first ever Crystal Globe for a Bulgarian snowboarder