Only 3 Weeks Until FIS World Cup Opening in Freestyle with Big Air at Chur, Switzerland

Julia Schneemann | | Industry NewsIndustry News


Chur Big Air Festival will be on in 3 weeks, kicking off the Freestyle competition season for 23/24. | Picture: Chur Big Air Website

The countdown is on until the start of the first Freestyle World Cup event held by the International Ski & Snowboard Federation (‘FIS’). The Chur Big Air in Switzerland is a staple of the FIS Freestyle calendar and kicks off the Freestyle season each year.

The FIS Freestyle category consists of six very unique disciplines:

  • Ski/Boarder-Cross
  • Moguls (Duals and Singles)
  • Big Air (Ski & Snowboard)
  • Slopestyle (Ski & Snowboard)
  • Half-pipe (Ski & Snowboard)
  • Aerials

Big Air, Half-Pipe, and Slopestyle disciplines are also referred to as Freeski disciplines and are typically held concurrently with Snowboard events, as skiers and boarders can use the same infrastructure. The Chur Big Air Festival will be host to both ski and snowboard events, with the FIS Freeski World Cup held on Friday, October 20, and the FIS Snowboard World Cup held on Saturday, October 21, 2023.

Troy Podmilsak
U.S. freeskier Troy Podmilsak (right) came third last year at the Chur Big Air, with Birk Ruud (middle) in first and Noah Porter MacLennan in second. | Picture: Troy Podmilsak Instagram Page

Chur is the first of in total four Big Air events (at this point) for the 23/24 season in each discipline, skiing and snowboarding. Three events are held as joint ski and snowboard events, while two are just one of the disciplines. Here is the full season calendar:

October 20-21, 2023
Chur, Switzerland
Men & Women
Ski & Snowboard

November 30 & December 1-2, 2023
Beijing, China
Men & Women
Ski & Snowboard

December 8-9, 2023
Edmonton, Canada
Men & Women

December 13-16, 2023
Copper Mountain, USA
Men & Women
Ski & Snowboard

March 13-16, 2024
Tignes, Austria
Men & Women

The Big Air Festival in Chur is a huge event with live music and entertainment. The event usually attracts big crowds. This year’s festival line-up includes U.S. rapper G-Eazy and legendary 90s rave icon Scooter.

On both event days, organizers will hold night finals. The competition starts with qualifiers in the afternoon, from which the top 8 in each group will move to the night final at 8 p.m. CET, which makes for perfect watching for viewers in North America.

The Chur Big Air Festival attracts massive crowds each year. | Picture: Chur Big Air Website

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