The World Snowboard Tour is structured so that riders on all levels, from amateurs to professionals, can compete on the same global tour. All riders on all levels are ranked on the World Snowboard Tour Ranking Lists and Points Lists, in their respective disciplines. Over 3000 riders compete each year on the tour to collect points for the rankings.
The World Snowboard Tour events are built on a 3-tier system and consist of 6 Star Levels. The World Snowboard Tour Star accreditation denotes the significance of the event on a global scale, the number of the World Snowboard Tour Ranking points obtainable, the overall quality of the event and the level of competition. 1Star is the lowest star rating and 6Star is the highest star rating for an event. 1-3Star events fall within Tier 1, 4 and 5Star events fall into Tier 2, and 6Star events fall into Tier 3.
The 7 World Snowboard Tour Championship titles are awarded at the final 6 Star event of the season to the male and female riders in each discipline with the best cumulative ranking results.
The World Snowboard Tour is a year-round, with the new season kicking off immediately after the crowning of the World Snowboard Tour Champions of the previous season.
The 2014/15 season started on March, 10th, 2014.
The 2014/15 season will end with the last 6 Star Event of the season .
An important aspect of the World Snowboard Tour (and a valuable incentive to riders) is the seamless rookie-to-pro structure allowing younger talent to climb the ranks and develop their career as a professional snowboarder. Young riders can start out competing on the regional or national level (Tier 1 events), work their way up to compete on the international level (Tier 2) and ultimately compete at the elite international level (Tier 3).