Despite all efforts of Snowboard Germany together with the local organizer, the Hochschwarzwald Tourismus GmbH, to realize a Snowboard Cross World Cup in Feldberg (GER), it was decided that under the current circumstances in conjunction with the Covid-19 pandemic, it is not possible to host the event this season.
The planned individual and team competitions on February 5-7, 2021, had therefore to be cancelled.
Too many uncertainties about whether and when ski lifts and resorts would reopen in Germany, as well as the impossibility to acquire huge number of volunteers that would be needed to implement all hygienic measures to make the event happen, led to this unfortunate decision.
Stefan Knirsch, Director of Finances, Marketing and Management at Snowboard Germany: “We really wanted to offer our athletes the possibility to race on home soil, especially in this difficult season and we have been working really hard with the local organizer for the past few months to try and make it possible. However, the development of the Covid-19 pandemic in the past few weeks made it impossible for us to make the competition happen, despite all efforts and confirmed financial support.”
“We have been working really hard for weeks to develop hygiene and safety measures that would have made the planned ski and snowboard cross World Cups here in Feldberg possible and we were on a very good path to host both events. We really regret the cancellation, but in the end, it was not possible to acquire enough volunteers, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, to realize the work needed throughout the course of three weeks for the installation and dismantlement of two big events with those strict hygiene measures on top of it all,” Thorsten Rudolph, Head of the organizing committee in Feldberg states.
Snowboard Germany did search for a replacement venue to host the SBX competitions, however under the given circumstances, unfortunately, it was not possible to find one.
“I understand the complicated situation that the organizer and Snowboard Germany are facing in these difficult times. Of course, these are very unfortunate news, however I really want to thank the Hochschwarzwald Tourismus GmbH and Snowboard Germany for all their efforts and hard work put into the preparations and their willingness to try everything possible to make the event happen. We are already looking forward to come back in 2021/22,” Uwe Beier, FIS Snowboard Cross Race Director, says.