"Following the success of Freestyle Skiing in the Turin Olympic Winter Games, with great media interest and some 95% of the available tickets sold, the 11th FIS Freestyle World Ski Championships in Madonna di Campiglio promise to be a true season highlight," said FIS President Gian Franco Kasper. "This winter has been very challenging for all FIS disciplines, Freestyle being no exception. Thanks to the significant efforts by the local organizing committee, together with the government in sport-loving Trentino, we can look forward to an exciting celebration of skiing, including awarding the second FIS championship titles in ski cross, the latest event to be included in the Olympic winter program."

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.