Uwe Beier and Jesús Ibáñez sign FIS snowboard inspection documents ©FIS

International Ski Federation (FIS) officials carried out a successful inspection of the Sierra Nevada venue where the Snowboard Cross World Cup will return for the 2019-2020 season.

The Andalusian resort has hosted two World Cups, the last of which was in 2013.

It also staged Winter Universiade events in 2015 and the FIS Freestyle Ski and Snowboarding World Championships two years later.

Race director Uwe Beier, assistant race director Alberto Schiavon and course designer and builder Nicolas Vaudroz checked over the site in southern Spain.

Sierra Nevada’s new chief executive Jesús Ibáñez then sat down with Beier to sign the FIS snowboard inspection documents.

“We are very pleased to be back in Sierra Nevada with the FIS Snowboard Cross World Cup,” said Beier.

The inspection team that checked over the Sierra Nevada venue ©FIS
The inspection team that checked over the Sierra Nevada venue ©FIS

“The organiser of the two previous World Cups as well as the World Championships of 2017 is not only experienced, but also motivated to create another highlight of the tour.

“Although the course has been a tour favourite in past seasons, this year we will look to further improve the track, particularly at the start and in the bottom section.

“Together with the organisers here in Sierra Nevada, we are aiming not only for an outstanding and challenging snowboard cross competition, but also a celebration of the sport.

“With the modifications and the new line of the course, we will also achieve a better integration of the course within the resort, which will result in a sustainable competition venue for the future and for Sierra Nevada’s daily clients.”

Competition is due to take place from March 6 to 7, 2020.