China to host 2021 FIS Freestyle Ski & Snowboard World Championships

China to host 2021 FIS Freestyle Ski & Snowboard World Championships

On June 9, the International Ski Federation (FIS) Council announced the 2021 FIS Freestyle Ski & Snowboard World Championships will be hosted at Zhangjiakou/Genting Resort, located 110 miles outside of Beijing, China.

If this location sounds familiar, that’s probably because it’s also the site of the highly anticipated 2022 Winter Olympics, which will follow the not-so-distant 2018 Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

“I can’t think of a more appropriate host for the 2021 Freestyle Skiing and Snowboarding World Championships,” said FIS President Gian Franco Kasper in a press release. “Ideally, the World Championships will serve as the final test event for the Olympics, giving the organizers the best possible experience to prepare for the Games. It is also one of the key developing regions for freestyle and snowboard, making it a perfect fit to develop and promote the sports strongly over the next five years.”


Gus Kenworthy boosts through the pipe at the 2015 Park City Grand Prix.

The decision was made at the 50th FIS Conference Week, which took place in—believe it or not—Cancun, Mexico. There, the FIS Council discussed all of its relevant sports on top of freestyle skiing, such as alpine skiing and freestyle snowboarding, as well as future leadership roles for FIS.

Another important decision made in relation to the freeskiing community was the appointment of FIS Council Member Dean Gosper as Chairman of the Snowboard Freestyle Freeski Committee. This committee oversees a plethora of snow sports: Snowboard and freestyle skiing; snowboard cross and ski cross; freestyle moguls; aerials; and alpine snowboarding. Gosper, who joined the FIS Council in 2010, hails from Melbourne, Australia and additionally serves as Deputy Chairman of the Olympic Winter Institute of Australia. In the past, he was a member of the FIS Snowboard and FIS Legal & Safety Committees and Organizing Committee for various Freestyle Aerials World Cups at Mount Buller, Australia. Gosper has extensive experience in the financial sector, as well, in which he’s worked with many major corporations.

The FIS Freestyle Ski & Snowboard World Championships take place every two years, the most recent one being in 2015 at Kreischberg, Austria. Freesking events include slopestyle, halfpipe and big air, but moguls, dual moguls, aerials, ski cross, snowboard halfpipe, snowboard slopestyle, snowboard big air, snowboard cross, snowboard parallel giant slalom and snowboard parallel slalom are included, as well. Looking ahead, the 2017 Championships will take place at Sierra Nevada, Spain, and Park City, Utah will host in 2019 before the 2021 event at Zhangjiakou/Genting.

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