From January 14th through 22nd the 9th FIS Snowboard World Championships will take place in La Molina, Spain.
Thanks to the iconic installations for the Barcelona'92 Olympic Games, Barcelona welcomes two very important pieces of the 2011 FIS Snowboard World Championships on January 15th, 2011: the Opening Ceremony and the Big Air competition. The Palau Sant Jordi on Montjuic, which was created by Japanese architect Arata Isozaki about 20 years ago, has a capacity of 17,000 spectators and is situated next to the classic Olympic Stadium of Athletics Lluís Companys, which successfully hosted the big air World Cup in November 2009. The height of the ramp built for the big air contest will be 31 meters.
The Alabaus area will be the center for the competitions in La Molina. In order to accommodate the capacity of people, the complete remodeling of the restaurant-cafeteria has been finished.
Furthermore, the Pedró hill has also been adapted to fit the Parallel Slalom and Parallel Giant Slalom races, which have been organised in Comella and Estadi the previous years. The goal and idea was to have all competitions held in the same area which would not only ease the site preparations but also the access for spectators.
Last year LG Snowboard FIS World Cup Finals were the perfect test for the up-coming FIS Snowboard World Championships.
A record number of 370 participants coming from 44 countries have been registered so far with the most athletes coming from Canada (47). Switzerland (45), Austria (40), Russia (39), France (37), the US (34) and Italy (31), too, are sending big squads on a mission to gold. The smallest team has been signed in by Montenegro who will be represented at the Worlds in La Molina by Vuk Sarovic.
The 9th FIS Snowboard World Championships are not only a highlight due to the biggest registered field ever, but they are also a huge step for the Snowboarding scene with Slopestyle added to the program for the first time in history. A total of 80 shredders (54 men and 26 ladies) have been entered to start.
The "traditional" events feature 55 entries for the Big Air, 108 (70 and 38) for the Halfpipe, 116 (82 and 34) for the Snowboard Cross and 117 for the Parallel Events (68 and 49).