Correction to post:
In the initial post of this story, we said that this move made the X Games an Olympic Qualifier. This is incorrect: the X Games only count towards Tour standings, NOT Olympic qualification. Olympic qualifying is governed by FIS. The only event that counts towards both the World Snowboard Tour and Olympic qualifying is the Grand Prix, under this experimental co-sanction between the WST and FIS.
We are sorry for any confusion this has caused.
The World Snowboard Tour (WST) announced that the X Games in Aspen, Colorado, and Tignes, France, will now be part of the tour as 6Star events. In addition, the 2012-2013 USSA Grand Prix Tour will now be co-sanctioned as both 5Star WST events and World Cup Status FIS events.
The X Games have historically been isolated from the ranking and points systems of other snowboarding competitions. Their induction into the WST is a big step in creating a single, unified competition circuit, the original goal of the Ticket To Ride (TTR) series when Terje Haakonsen founded it in 2002.
"This year's World Snowboard Tour will be more exciting than ever," says Reto Lamm, President of TTR Pro Snowboarding. "We are proud to welcome the X Games to the World Snowboard Tour. This move is in full alignment with TTR Pro Snowboarding's push towards a unified environment in competitive snowboarding. As we continue to grow and unify the sport, we open more opportunities to riders, allowing them to gain World Snowboard Tour points at the world's most respected competitions. The inclusion of X Games and the Sprint U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prixs into the World Snowboard Tour will strengthen our global snowboard community and open the doors for more athletes to take part."
As a 6Star WST event, X Games Aspen will include the top 10 Male and 5 Female riders on the WST ranking in addition to their own invite list.
Read the full release here: