While it may feel like summer has just arrived here in the northern hemisphere, we’re actually just under five months away from the start of another FIS Freeski and Snowboard Park & Pipe World Cup season. This week we’re already looking ahead and getting hyped up for what’s to come
The provisional 2023/24 World Cup calendars for FIS Freeski and FIS Snowboard Park & Pipe are ready to revealed to the world, as the season schedules that were initially presented at the FIS spring meetings in Dubrovnik earlier this month have been tweaked and refined over the past few weeks.
Next winter’s FIS Freeski World Cup calendar will feature full, crystal globe-worthy campaigns in all three events, with five halfpipe, six slopestyle and four big air competitions on the docket for a total of 15 FIS Freeski World Cup competitions in 2023/24.
Meanwhile for Snowboard Park & Pipe we’ll also see full competition slates for all three events, with 14 World Cups set to go down - including five halfpipe, five slopestyle and four big air events.
Next season season will begin once again for both Freeski and Snowboard in the Swiss city of Chur, where one of the biggest parties in all of snowsports will be the backdrop at the Big Air Chur Festival. With two nights of competition taking place on the monolithic scaffold ramp, a plethora of international music acts, and 24,000+ people expected to pass through the gates over the course of the weekend, the Big Air Chur Festival can be counted on to start the season off with a bang again from 20-21 October.
After that it’s Freeski only for the traditional slopestyle season starter in Stubai, where we’ll be on site at the Zoo from 24-25 November.
Then we move over to China for a highly anticipated return to a 2022 Olympic Winter Games venue, with both Freeski and Snowboard competition hitting the iconic Beijing big air jump from 30 November - 02 December.
We’ll stay on in China after that, where the halfpipe squads will get back in the World Cup bib for the first time in 2023/24 as we return to the scene of another phenomenal Beijing 2022 venue in Secret Garden from 06-09 December.
While halfpipe competition is going on in Secret Garden, the big air snowboarders will have already made the hop across the Pacific Ocean to Edmonton (CAN), where the Style Experience big air World Cup will be returning to the incredible Commonwealth Stadium venue from 08-09 December.
After that we’ll see the entire Freeski and Snowboard Park & Pipe World Cup fields come together for the first time in the 2023/24 season at Copper Mountain (USA), where we’ll have a massive week of big air and halfpipe action for both disciplines taking place at the legendary Colorado venue from 13-16 December.
After we step back from competition for a few weeks of holiday break it’s back over to Europe where we’ll return to Font Romeu in the French Pyrenees for Freeski slopestyle competition from 12-13 January.
Hot on the heels of Font Romeu we’re heading east to Switzerland from 17-21 January for the always epic Laax Open, where Freeski slopestyle and both slopestyle and halfpipe comps for the boarders will take to the legendary Crap Sogn Gion venues.
After that it’s back to North America for all of February, first for the mammoth week Freeski and Snowboard slopestyle and halfpipe of action at Mammoth Mountain (USA) from 31 January to 03 February, then up to Calgary where we’ll have Snowboard halfpipe and slopestyle going down from 08-11 Feb, followed by a pair* of Freeski halfpipe events from the 15th to the 17th.
For the final month of the 2023/24 World Cup season we return to Europe, beginning in Tignes (FRA) with where we’ll see slopestyle and big air** competitions take to the longest-running venue in FIS Freestyle Skiing history from 13-16 March.
While the freeskiers are in Tignes, the snowboarders will be in Czechia, with the Spindleruv slopestyle World Cup returning to the calendar from 15-16 March.
Finally, we’ll wrap up another campaign once again at what has become the traditional Freeski and Snowboard Park & Pipe World Cup finals venue in Silvaplana (SUI), where the future home of the Engadin St Moritz 2025 World Championships is set to welcome the world’s finest from 21-24 March.
*Second Calgary halfpipe competition to be confirmed at a later date
**Tignes big air also TBC at a later date