Less than two hours’ drive from Barcelona and in the Pyrenees’ backyard, La Molina ski resort has the privilege of hosting the 9th FIS Snowboarding World Championships. This is quite an honour for Barcelona and even more so for La Molina, especially since the recent announcement that Snowboarding legend, Shaun White, will be participating in the Slopestyle event on January 23rd. White is one of, if not the most prominent snowboarder and skateboarder on the scene today, with a total of 16 game medals, 10 of which are gold. His attendance at the Snowboarding Championships has already increased viewers, who will have free access to the competitions with their daily ski pass.
Barcelona has been gearing up for this event for more than a year. On Saturday, January 15th, it kicks off with the Big Air competition at the inauguration ceremony, which will take place on Montjuic, in Palau Sant Jordi stadium and then continues onwards to La Molina for the rest of the races. From the 16th-23rd of January more than 300 snowboarders from around the world will be competing in four main disciplines, including: Half Pipe, Big Air, Boarder Cross and Slopestyle.
This is definitely going to be an exciting and amazing event, as La Molina has put a lot of time, money and energy into improving their infrastructure, with a brand new half pipe, updated snow blowers as well as a high-speed six person chair lift. It’s only a 1.5 hour drive from Barcelona or 2 hours by bus or train which takes you directly from Barcelona city center to the resort.
The inauguration ceremony in Palau Sant Jordi begins at 3pm on Saturday and goes until 8pm. In the afternoon there’s going to be a training session for the athletes while the actual competition begins at 6pm. So if you don’t feel like sticking around all day then just show up at 5 or 6 and stay until the medal ceremony after the event. Tickets for the opening are 15 Euros/person and it’s open seating.