FIS Snowboard World Championship Moves From China to US

The FIS Snowboard World Championship has changed its location — and dates — due to the global pandemic.

The FIS (International Ski Federation) has been hosting its World Cup events since 1994. But this year, there’s more uncertainty around if, when, and where the world competition will occur.

With China buckling down on its travel restrictions, the FIS announced it would move the final location of the event from Zhangjiakou, China, stateside to Aspen, Colo. (Yes, the same mountain location that hosts X Games competitions.)

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In the space of weeks, Aspen will set its stage for four World Cup events. The FIS World Snowboard Championship consists of three disciplines: slopestyle, big air, and halfpipe. Athletes who live outside the states will still have to travel — albeit not quite as far, and not to an area where travel restrictions have tightened.

Due to the location change and impending logistics, the dates of the World Championship have also shifted. The event, previously scheduled for Feb. 18-28, 2021, in China, is now slated for March 10-16, 2021.

Qualifiers for the World Championships will occur on March 10-11. The full World Cup schedule can be found here.

Mary Murphy

Mary Murphy is the Managing Editor of GearJunkie and serves as the leader of Lola Digital Media’s DEI Committee.

She has been writing about hiking, running, climbing, camping, skiing, and more for seven years, and has been on staff at GearJunkie since 2019. Prior to that, Mary wrote for 5280 Magazine in Denver while working as an outdoor instructor teaching climbing, kayaking, paddleboarding, and mountain biking at Avid4Adventure. Based in Denver, Colorado, Murphy is an avid hiker, runner, backpacker, skier, yogi, and pack-paddleboarder.