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The Hochkeil “Bioschnee” Banked in Muhlbach

The Hochkeil Banked celebrated its comeback in Mühlbach on Easter weekend. On April 9th, snowboarders big and small met on a leisurely course with steep curves and waves.
The schedule was coordinated with public transport to match the Hochkeil natural snow area. Everyone who arrived by bus or a car pool with at least 3 people in the vehicle received a 5 euro discount on the entry fee.

Whether you traveled a long way or were from the neighborhood – all riders had fun at the Hochkeil and showed great runs in the snow! The main prizes again went to the average time, with the fastest also receiving a small acknowledgment. Especially the many young participants showed impressive performances and amazed the many established riders.

There were test boards and prizes from Amplid Snowboards , Goodboards and SP Bindings , as well as Naked Optics and Blue Tomato . Everyone enjoyed the steep curve run, the cozy atmosphere and food in the Arthurhaus lift umbrella with a view of the banked course.

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The Final Stop of the Zillertal VÄLLEY RÄLLEY at Betterpark Hintertux April 29-30th

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The WSF online course for safe snowboarding is in the works.

The WSF and SafeShred project are ensuring young athletes are educated to recognize harmful situations and how to prevent them. SafeShred partners are entering the last year project until the publication of its final output: the SafeShred E-learning.

The SafeShred E-learning is a fun and interactive online course for young riders to acquire basic knowledge of ethics and integrity. The topics covered are manipulation of sports competition, doping, harassment, bullying, corruption, whistleblowing system and basic human rights. It will be accessible to all on the WSF Academy.

On 24 September 2022, managers, trainers and representatives of the snowboard world met in Kloten to test the prototype of the SafeShred E-learning. They navigated through the different modules, put on their critical glasses and gave constructive feedback to the production team. In the following two weeks, young riders from different countries also shared their insights after testing the course. Next stop: publication of the course in English and translation in different languages (German, Italian, Finnish, Swedish).

In conjunction with the E-learning, SafeShred partners are also finalizing the other tangible results: the riders’ guide, the SafeShred training material, the desk research, and the evaluation of the effectiveness of trainings. This material will shortly be available to all WSF members willing to organize their own workshops to empower young riders in facing unethical issues in snowboarding. 

More SafeShred news is coming this winter…

*The SafeShred project is co-financed by the Erasmus+ program of the European Union. 

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World Rookie Snowboard Finals Set for March 19-25 2023

World Rookie Snowboard Finals | Rookie Winner Hiroto Ogiwara (JPN) | Ph Andreas Amplatz 

Kitzsteinhorn Kaprun will host the best rookies of the 2023 WRT season

Maybe it’s still early, but the Black Yeti wants to allow you to mark the dates of the most important youth events of the winter season: all the rookie tour crew will be back once again in Kitzsteinhorn Kaprun/Zell am See in Austria, from 19 to 25 March 2023, for World Rookie Snowboard Finals.

The WRT Finals will attract once again the best young snowboarders from the World Rookie Tour qualifying events to compete for the 2023 World Rookie Freeski Champion title and incredible prizes such as invitation to world-class events, Red Bull Special Experience and much more.

Also, the kick-off and oldest event of the 2023 WRT, the legendary World Rookie Fest in Livigno, Italy, confirmed its 18th edition from January the 14th until January the 21st 2023. The event will be open to both snowboarders (14-18 January) and freeskiers (18-21 January) and will offer also a special training week in the premium Mottolino Snowpark, long-time partner of the Black Yeti.

World Rookie Snowboard Finals | Grom Wm Winner Sara Shimizu (JPN) | Ph Andreas Amplatz


If your dream is to start a professional snowboard carrier, then the World Rookie Tour is the place to be!

Registrations and Information
World Rookie Registration – Skateboard – World Rookie Tour
Phone +39 059.9783397

If you dream to become a professional action sport athlete, then your future starts from the World Rookie Tour! 

The World Rookie Tour is organized by the Black Yeti ssrl in collaboration with World Snowboard Federation, National Snowboard, Ski and Skateboard Associations, and selected action sports agencies. It was born in 2005 as a series of youth snowboard events and it consists now of a selection of high-quality International events for snowboard, Freeski, Skateboard and Surf, the so-called “Rookie Fests”, reserved for riders under 18’s only, in Europe, North and South America, Oceania and Asia. The World Rookie Tour consists not only of competitions: it also features loads of other activities to help rookies to grow in the field of professional action sports, such as photo & video shootings, avalanche, and rescue clinics, meetings with photographers, and international team managers, parties and English talks. Since year zero, it awards tickets to world-class events such as X Games Norway, Audi Nines, The Arctic Challenge, The Air & Style, The World Snowboarding Championships, Red Bull Roller Coaster, Simple Session, Mystic Sk8 Cup, invitations to professional photo & video shootings, and shooting trip all around the world. Every year the tour crowns the World Rookie Champions at the end of the season, during the World Rookie Finals, a unique event format where the best youngsters from almost 30 countries compete and have fun. More information at

The Black Yeti is an amateur sports club dedicated to the realization of Snowboard, Freeski, Skateboard and Surf projects for boys and girls up to 18 years of age, at international level. One of the most successful projects is the World Rookie Tour, the biggest and the most famous tour in the action sports world that attracts 3.000 young athletes from 30 nations to the events called “Rookie Fest”, organized all over the world: Italy, Europe, North and South America, Oceania and Asia. The Rookie Fests program includes not only the competition but also many side activities such as avalanche and rescue clinics, workshops, and English talks. 

World Rookie Tour Media Manager
Marco Sampaoli – – Tel +39.059.9783397 or +39.340.328.55.69

World Rookie Tour Event Coordinator
Meinhard Trojer – – Tel +43.650.56.37.424



The World Snowboard Federation is looking for an Office Manager, based out of Innsbruck, Austria (Part-time position, 20hours/week).

The main tasks of the Office Manager will be:

  • Membership management and administration
  • Financial management: budgeting, accounting, payments and invoicing
  • Event and Ranking Administration
  • Project Management of key WSF Projects

Key Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Membership management and administration (applications, information to/from BoD, answering questions on daily/weekly basis)
  • Finance management: accounting, payments and invoicing (and many reminders) and budget control
  • Board Meetings: preparing agenda, monthly report to the Board, writing minutes
  • Bookings and organisation of meeting (for BOD meeting and for WSF GA)
  • Visits to NSAs / other meetings / presentations to be done
  • All preparation for GA / annual reports / presentation / logistics etc – procedures
  • Supporting events in the application process to the WSPL/WRR and results administration
  • Supplying for all sort of negotiations / contracts

Selection Criteria – essential skills and qualities:

  • Passion for snowboarding
  • Background in administration and project management would be beneficial
  • Fluent in english and german
  • 2 days a week in Innsbruck as minimum

All interested applicants should send a CV and cover letter to

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The 2022 WSF General Assembly will take place in Zurich, SUI September 22-26th. Info and agenda below. Hotel information will be shared shortly. Please confirm you attendance here: Please fill out the following form to confirm your attendance: 


THURSDAY 22.09.2022:
Morning: Arrival for WSF Members
14.00 – 14.30: Welcoming
14.30 – 17.30: Report Part I

FRIDAY 23.09.2022:
9.15 – 12.00: Report Part II
12.00 – 14.00: Lunch Break
14.30 – 17.00: Motions and Elections
19.00: Common Dinner

SATURDAY 24.09.2022:
9.00 – 11.00: Key Note Speakers
11.00 – 13.00: Future Plan
13.00 – 15.00: Lunch Break
15.00 – 18.00: Erasmus+

SUNDAY 25.09.2022: 
9.30 – 12.00: Working Group 1 and 2
12.00 – 14.00: Lunch Break
14.30 – 17.00: Working Group 3 and 4

MONDAY 26.09.2022: 
9.30 – 12.00: Working Group Presentation and Recap
12.00 – 14.00: Lunch and Good Bye
14.30 – 17.00 Board Meeting* (please note that it is requested the in person attendance for the new elected Board Members).


At the General Assembly in Zurich, the following bodies are up for elections:
– the full WSF Board;
– WSF Auditors;
– WSF Appeal and Disciplinary Committee.

Please find here the “Candidates Form”, which you will need to fill out to propose a new potential WSF BoD member. The proposed names will be presented to the WSF Members and elections will take place during the General Assembly. Applications can be sent in until 24.07.2022, per email to WSF General Secretary, Anna Negri at

For both the WSF Auditors and the WSF Appeal and Disciplinary Committee, please simply submit your application via email to the WSF General Secretary, Anna Negri at

If a WSF member cannot participate in the GA through the representatives of the national snowboarding associations, it can give a written power of attorney to a third party to represent it at the GA. Each nation representative can receive only one proxy.

The power of attorney must be assigned before the start of the General Assembly. Please fill the following form in order to assign the proxy for WSF GA 2022:


If you want to submit any motion to be voted on the General Assembly. Please read carefully: Motions have to be submitted to WSF General Secretary at not later than 13th August 2022 (40 days before the start of the General Assembly).

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The Zillertal VÄLLEY RÄLLEY Overall Winners 2022/2023

For the 9th time, the Zillertal VÄLLEY RÄLLEY toured across the Zillertal last season. After the popular Snowboard Amateur Series had to be canceled the previous winter, up-and-coming snowboarding talents from all over Europe were happily attending the tour in 2021/2022 again. The glorious overall tour winners were finally crowned new Kings and Queens of the Zillertal VÄLLEY at the last tour stop on Hintertux Glacier.

The Zillertal VÄLLEY RÄLLEY unites four exciting snowboard slopestyle competitions, freebie freestyle coachings, side events and free snowboard hardware demo/testing in one unique event series. Established as a part of the international World Snowboarding Tour event series and as an official part of the ASA (Austrian Snowboard Association) AustriaCups, the Zillertal VÄLLEY RÄLLEY attracted snowboarders from far and near to travel to the Zillertal.

In every contest, riders gathered points on the World Snowboarding Point List (WSPL) and competitors under 18 years also gained credits for the World Rookie Ranking. Last but not least, all athletes collected points in the overall Zillertal VÄLLEY RÄLLEY tour ranking with every contest result. The overall tour winners were finally crowned new Royal Zillertal VÄLLEY RÄLLEY family 2021/2022 after the final tour stop at Hintertux Glacier.

Jascha Nuñez

Congratulations to the new Kings and Queens of the VÄLLEY:

Overall Men & Women (o18):
Queen: Anna Tomanova (CZE)
King: Till Strohmeyer (AUT)

Rookies (16-18)
Queen: Noelle Jamnig (AUT)
King: Jascha Nunez (AUT)

Groms (13-15)
Queen: Anna Tomanova (CZE)
King: Floris v. de Velde (NED)

Super Groms (u13)
Queen: Sky Remans (BEL)
King: Tibbe Keizer (NED)

The final tour rankings and winner videos are available at
Winner videos and photo galleries:
Winner videos:

“Congratulations to this year´s overall VÄLLEY RÄLLEY winners here in the Zillertal,“ says Beate Kassner from Zillertal Tourism GmbH, VÄLLEY RÄLLEY title sponsor and main financier. “It is always a pleasure to welcome so many young sports talents in the valley. Therefore we are already looking forward to the start of the 2022/2023 Zillertal VÄLLEY RÄLLEY, which will kick off in December 2022. We wish all participants good luck for the new season.“

Zillertal VÄLLEY RÄLLEY 2022/2023

Save the dates:

1. Tourstop. 17.-18.12.2022 – Hochzillertal-Kaltenbach, Erste Ferienregion im Zillertal
2. Tourstop: 21.-22.01.2023 – Zillertal Arena
3. Tourstop: 11.-12-03.2023 – Penken Park Mayrhofen, Mayrhofen-Hippach im Zillertal
4. Tourstopp: 29.-30.04.2023 – Hintertux Glacier, Betterpark Hintertux, Tux-Finkenberg

About the Zillertal
The Zillertal is one of the most popular alpine holiday destinations and long since known as Europe´s number one snowboarding mecca. The well-designed and perfectly shaped snow parks rank among the best freestyle parks in Europe attracting some of the world´s best riders over and over again. There are kickers, rails, boxes and other features for all riding levels to learn new tricks and improve freestyle skills quickly. The Zillertal snow parks score high for great shaping, jumps with space for tricks and push creativity throughout all levels. Find out more at

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The World Snowboard Federation (WSF) and the CSCF – Foundation for Sport Integrity are engaged to protect young riders and the integrity of snowboarding.

While the riding season is coming to an end for the grassroots snowboard movement, more than a hundred of young riders have already participated in trainings on key integrity topics across Europe. These interactive and educational workshops have raised awareness on the dangers of doping and sport manipulation, on the prevention of harassment/bullying, the protection of human rights, and the importance of speaking up against any threat and misconduct.

On March 27th, two trainings were successfully integrated as side-events of the World Rookie Snowboard Finals, organized in the historic location of Kitzsteinhorn Zell am See-Kaprun, thanks to the cooperation of the Austrian Snowboard Association (ASA), as project partner and host of the event, the experts from CSCF and the WSF.

“It was a great experience to see how interested and motivated the young people are to work on this project. For us it’s a pleasure to be part of SafeShred and we will come up for sure with more SafeShred Workshops.” Meini

On this occasion, Boris Kilvinger, SafeShred project manager of WSF, and Carlos Gutierrez, operations manager of CSCF, presented the topics of sports manipulation and basic human rights, respectively, to more than 30 young riders and coaches.

“It was nice to see that the workshops developed by CSCF appeal to the youth and that they are a powerful tool to initiate a sustainable improvement for the whole snowboard sport” Boris Kilvinger

We all know that education is a fundamental pillar to raise awareness about the dangers that stem from sports integrity issues. Having the opportunity to share with young riders the concepts of human rights and how it applies in the context of snowboarding was unique. The interest of the young participants was impressive, and the message was clear: Be alert to human rights violations and don’t hesitate to speak up!” Carlos Gutierrez

This was also the occasion for the project coordinators to discuss the following steps of the SafeShred project: the translation and publication of the SafeShred Handbook, the designing of an E-learning program that will be accessible on the online WSF Academy and the organization of a final conference to present these results among and beyond the world snowboard community.

Stay tuned! The winter might come to an end soon, but there is more to come for SafeShred in 2022!

*The SafeShred project is co-financed by the Erasmus+ program of the European Union.