The Ski Cross World Cup season begins in China tomorrow ©Getty Images

The Ski Cross World Cup season begins tomorrow at Zhangjiakou's Secret Garden resort, with the competition also serving as a Beijing 2022 test event.

It will be intertwined with a Snowboard Cross World Cup leg, as both circuits start the new campaign at the disciplines' 2022 Winter Olympic venue.

Ski cross qualification begins tomorrow morning, with snowboard cross qualification following the next day.

The Ski Cross World Cup reaches its climax on Saturday (November 27), before the Snowboard Cross World Cup is due to close proceedings on Sunday (November 28).

The International Ski Federation has scheduled 14 Ski Cross World Cup races this season, plus a mixed team contest.

Eight of those legs are before the qualification window for Beijing 2022 shuts, so will offer valuable points - starting at Secret Garden.

Brady Leman is the defending men's Olympic champion and set to compete this week.

However it is another Canadian, Reece Howden, who is the defending World Cup king.

Fanny Smith is the athlete to beat on the women's circuit.

The Swiss star won six World Cup events last season to claim the crystal globe.

A former world champion and the Pyeongchang 2018 bronze medallist, Smith has had multiple duels with Sweden's Sandra Näslund - the current world champion.

Another could well be on the cards in China, with Näslund having also made the trip.