224 athletes representing 27 nations have been registered to compete for the 24 medals in eight title events. Five reigning champions - Nate Roberts (USA; moguls), Steve Omischl (CAN; aerials), Tomas Kraus (CZE; ski cross), Nina Li (CHN; aerials) and Jennifer Heil (CAN; dual moguls) - will try to defend their titles as the competitions begin with ski cross on Tuesday, March 6th, followed by moguls on Friday 9th, and dual moguls and aerials on Saturday 10th.
Madonna was the venue for the 2001 FIS Snowboard World Championships and has hosted more than 55 FIS Alpine World Cups. There is snow in Madonna di Campiglio and 30,000 cubic meters of machine made snow has been added. Unfortunately, despite great efforts by the organizing committee, there is not enough snow to build the required half-pipe structure and the half-pipe competitions for the ladies and men had to be cancelled. The rest of the competition program is unchanged.