The Ticket to Ride was established by Terje Haakonsen, key event organizers and brand representatives and aimed to become the most innovative and grass-roots tour connecting the most prestigious independent snowboard events worldwide.
The 2002/2003 tour was comprised of 9 events around the globe with the Arctic Challenge, founded by snowboard legend and TTR co-founder Terje Haakonsen, as the final stop. Each event leading up to the Arctic Challenge awarded one TTR Medallion to the top rider who also received an invite to compete at the Artic Challenge.
As the pinnacle of the TTR Tour, the Arctic Challenge also crowned the winner of the 2002/2003 TTR Pro Snowboarding Series. Until the introduction of the Women’s TTR Tour in 2005/06, no female riders competed on the TTR Tour.
2002/2003 TTR Champions:
In the 2003/2004 season, the TTR was comprised of the same nine events. The nine TTR medallion winners from these events received invites to the Arctic Challenge, which was once again the final event of the TTR series.
2003/2004 TTR Champions:
The 2004/2005 season was the last TTR season with only nine events and the Arctic Challenge as the final event. Big changes and expansion were on the horizon for the 2005/2006 season.
Due to bad weather conditions, two out of three TTR finals at the Arctic challenge had to be cancelled.
2004/2005 TTR Champions:
The 05/06 season saw the introduction of the TTR Star Tier system (1 – 6Star levels) and TTR’s own Ranking System, as well as, the launch of the first TTR website (www.ttrworldtour.com) and the official Women’s Tour. The star tier event system allowed for more structure within the tour and opened room for more events to be included in the TTR system. With more events on the tour (67 events in total), the TTR continued establishing its credibility as a globally recognized independent snowboard Tour. The launch of the TTR World Ranking list on December 5th, 2005 resulted in the crowning of the first-ever TTR World Tour Champion at the US Open Snowboarding Championships.
2005/2006 World Tour Champions:
In 06/07, 146 results were registered from 4 formats (Slopestyle, Halfpipe, Quarterpipe and Stadium Slopestyle) with 2981 riders from 35 Nations receiving end of season world ranking recognition.
The 06/07 season opened the floodgates for increased tour interest highlighted by an overflow of media inquiries, rider requests and event applications confirming the model’s success.
2006/2007 World Tour Champions:
The 07/08 season saw added incentive for riders with the introduction of TTR End Of Season Prize Purse worth $250,000. In 07/08, 176 results were registered from 4 formats (Slopestyle, Halfpipe, Quarterpipe and Stadium Slopestyle) from events in 27 nations from 4 continents. The ongoing increase of riders participating each year reached another maximum in 07/08 with a total of 3417 riders (2706 men, 711 women) from 41 nations.
At the General Assembly in May 2008, measures were taken to further foster the progression of the Tour and, thus, the development of the sport of snowboarding itself. Among those were the introduction of the season-end bonus points system and the increase in number of determining results for a rider’s final ranking from an average of six to eight.
2007/2008 World Tour Champions:
In November 2008, due to the cancellation of three 6Star events, the Air & Style in Munich, the Slopestyle at the Oakley Arctic Challenge in Oslo and The Session in Vail, the decision had to be made to reduce the number of determining results from eight to seven. Despite the cancellation of three premiere events, the TTR had its most successful season to date with record number of participating riders and building recognition in the mainstream worldwide. In 08/09, 187 results were registered in four formats. Participation levels continued to increase with a total of 4,207 riders (822 women and 3385 men) from 25 different countries.
2008/2009 World Tour Champions:
The 2009/2010 season was arguably the busiest year in freestyle snowboarding history with the regular TTR season operating alongside the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Games. This is also the season when the game changed in halfpipe riding with many riders like Shaun White, Luke Mitrani and Louie Vito unveiling new double-cork tricks at the 2009 5Star Burton New Zealand Open. While this new type of trick blew minds throughout the snowboard industry, it had other riders trying to play catch-up in the off-season on air-bags and foam pits in order to stay on top of the progression. The 2009/10 season became a year of double-cork madness both in the pipe and on the slopestyle course. Peetu Piiroinen once again put on an amazing performance throughout the season and took down his second back-to-back TTR World Tour Champion title along with a Silver Medal at the Vancouver Olympic Games. And, Enni Rukajarvi came out of nowhere to officially make a name for herself. She took down podiums around the world at women’s events and was awarded the women’s TTR World Tour Champion title.
2009/2010 World Tour Champions:
The 2010/11 season was jammed packed full of action around the world with a starting point in Whistler in North America, taking a turn down to New Zealand for the Southern Hemisphere season, made a stop in Beijing, China, headed to Europe for an intense run then ended up back in North America finishing up at the old faithful Burton US Open. Many younger riders were on the come-up in the 2010/11 season and were dominating podiums everywhere they went. Guys like Sebastien Toutant (CAN), Eric Willett (USA), Seppe Smits (BEL), Sage Kotsenburg (USA) and Mark McMorris (CAN) were showing up at every slopestyle and big air event they could and were going for broke landing technical mind-bending versions of double-cork tricks. However, the jack-of-all-trades, Mr. Peetu Piiroinen, gave these guys a run for their money with podiums across the board in big air, slopestyle and halfpipe to take down his third-straight TTR World Tour Champion title of his career. The women’s side of the tour was also nail-biter with Kelly Clark (USA) winning just about every single halfpipe competition she entered in the 2010/11 season. But, she had to deal with the versatility of Jamie Anderson’s (USA) skills who is a master on the slopestyle course and also drop into the pipe. Jamie finally clinched her second TTR World Tour Champion title of her career at the 6Star US Open.
2010/2011 World Tour Champions:
In TTR’s 10th anniversary season, the absolute highlight were the inaugural World Snowboarding Championships (now World Championships of Snowboarding / WCS) held in Oslo Vinterpark, February 2012. In Halfpipe and Slopestyle disciplines World Champions were crowned: Kelly Clark (USA) and Iouri Podladtchikov (SUI) were crowned World Champion Halfpipe and Spencer O’Brien (CAN) and Chas Guldemond (USA) World Champions Slopestyle. It was the first World Championships of Snowboarding organized by snowboarders since 1999.
The event was developed and owned by the Ticket To Ride (TTR) and World Snowboard Federation (WSF) and it’s first edition was organized by Snowboard-VM 2012 AS – A Norwegian organizing company owned by The Arctic Challenge, The Norwegian Snowboard Federation Oslo Vinterpark.
The WCS was also part of the TTR World Snowboard Tour as a 6Star event. The tour started in Whistler Canada in summer 2011, then embarking on the Southern Hemisphere and eventually kicking of winter in Asia with the first 6Star event of the season in December, Oakley Shaun White Air&Style in Beijing. In January it was time to go to Europe, but the tour saw many changes in the schedule due to weather. It became rather hard to qualify for the WCS in February, with the Burton European Open postponed to March.