THIS IS WHERE YOU CAN FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE DRIVING FORCES BEHIND THE 2025 FREESTYLE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS, AS WELL AS OUR VISION AND GOALS.
The story so far
Freestyle comes back to its roots!
The very first snowboard club in Switzerland, the ‘Hangloose Engadin’, was founded in St. Moritz in 1986. Only one year later, in 1987, the first Freestyle World Championships to be held on European soil took place on the Corviglia, in the municipality of St. Moritz, and were co-hosted with the Italian town of Livigno. After 35 long years, the Freestyle World Championships are finally coming back to the Engadin Valley in March 2025. That means the competition isn’t only coming back to its roots, as they say, it’s also returning to a country that is home to numerous internationally successful top athletes such as Nevin Galmarini, Ursina and Christian Haller, Reto Lamm, Michi Albin, Daniel Sappa, Roberto Furger, Martina Tscharner, Therry Brunner, Renata Keller Smalley and, last but not least, the brothers Cla and Fadri Mosca.
The 2025 Freestyle World Championships in Engadin/St. Moritz offers a unique opportunity to promote the location and the economy across the entire region, as well as plenty of potential in terms of tourism. As such, there are high hopes that this major sporting event will act as a start signal for further, future-oriented developments throughout the entire Upper Engadin Valley.
Among other things, the 2025 Freestyle World Championships in St. Moritz is designed to act as a start signal for further developments in the valley, both in terms of the local economy and in the region’s tourism offerings. The aim is to offer visitors, permanent and seasonal residents alike an incredible freestyle experience all year round. To facilitate this, existing infrastructure projects are being driven forward and new ones initiated, all of which are designed to increase the attractiveness of the Upper Engadin Valley as a place to live and work.
Adopting a targeted focus on promoting freestyle in its many forms is intended to attract younger visitors with a passion for sports. Rejuvenating and developing the hospitality infrastructure will create new economic opportunities for local businesses and service providers in the region and provide a boost to the valley as a whole. What's more, positioning the Upper Engadin Valley as the freestyle hotspot par excellence in the Alps would have a positive impact on the region's entire tourism industry in the long term.
The 2025 Freestyle World Championships are generating a great deal of enthusiasm for freestyle sports in Switzerland and around the world, especially among children and younger people. Sustainable infrastructure that visitors, permanent and seasonal residents alike can access makes it possible to provide the best training opportunities at the highest level for athletes, teams and up-and-coming freestylers in the longer term, and can also be used for future national and international freestyle events.
The plan is to make digitalisation a central theme at the 2025 Freestyle World Championships in order to create a unique experience for all spectators, whether they're in the stands or watching on from home. The event is therefore intended to break new ground in the use of digital technologies and to set new standards in several different fields.
Every possible measure is being taken to ensure that the 2025 Freestyle World Cup will be a sustainable major sporting event. To this end, the competition’s sustainability concept covers the areas of environment, economy and society while also integrating the concept of “snowstainability”. This means that the event strives to minimise its impact on the snow and the mountain ecosystem while creating socio-economic benefits for the whole valley.