Contests are an integral part of skiing and snowboarding. They provide a stage for world class athletes to push the progression of the sport. They also provide decent (sometimes giant-sized) prize purses that allow many pros to continue doing what they love. This year the schedule of events is stacked with tons of mega contests going down both locally and internationally.

Here’s a list of all the major events in 2011 we’ll be bringing you coverage from. Remember this list is not all inclusive and somethings may change, but for the most part these are the comps you’re going to want to keep your eye on.

It’s going to be a busy year.

O’Neill Evolution: Jan 2nd-8th, 2011
Davos, Switzerland
Halfpipe/ Slopestyle
Showdown of the world’s best riders in Switzerland.

Burton European Open: January 8th-15th, 2011
LAAX, Switzerland,
The prestigious event that Kevin Pearce has won twice, beating Shaun White both times.

Dew Tour Stop 2: Jan 20-23, 2011
Killington Resort: Killington, VT
Slopestyle/ Halfpipe
Top skiers and boarders compete fro Dew Tour Glory on the ice coast.

Denver Big Air: Jan 25- 26 2011
Civic Center Park, Denver, CO
Ski and Snowboard Big Air
New Contest for 2011 in the heart of downtown Denver.

Winer X- GAMES 15: Jan 27- 30, 2011
Buttermilk Mountain and Aspen, Colorado
Slopestyle, Halfpipe, Big Air, Boardercross, Snowmobile, Best Method. ect.
The biggest and most hyped contest of the entire season. Free to the public and televised on ESPN.

SIA: Snow Industries of America Tradeshow: Jan 27- 30, 2011
Colorado Convention Center, Denver, CO
Sales Event, Shmooza Palooza, Gear guide. Party. Party. Party.
It may not be in Vegas anymore, but it’s still a ripping good time in Denver.

SIA: On Snow Demo/Ski-Ride Fest: Jan 31- Feb 1, 2011
Winter Park Resort/ Devil’s Thumb Ranch, in CO.
Ski and Snowboard Demo.
Time to test out the goods displayed at the show in Denver.

Burton Canadian Open: Feb 1- 6, 2011
Calgary Olympic Park
6-Star TTR event crucial in earning points for overall champs.

Winter Dew Tour: Toyota Championships: February 10-13, 2011
Snowbasin Resort, Ogden, UT
Winners of the Dew Tour Cup are crowned and over 1.5 million dollars of prizes are distributed.

Grand Prix #2: March 2nd-6th, 2011
Mammoth Mountain:
Last year Danny Davis beat Shaun White in one of the best halfpipe runs to date. What will this year hold?

Burton US Open: March 7th-13th, 2011
Stratton Mountain, VT.
The longest standing event in snowboard history. Fierce competitions, parties, and nostalgia reign supreme.

Euro X Games: March 16-18, 2011
Tignes, France
Halfpipe, Slopestyle, Boardercross, Snowmobile
In it’s second year, this event is guaranteed to be big time, and a must see.

Roxy Chicken Jam: March 23- 27, 2011
Mammoth, Mountain
The girls go for it in Mam-town in a jam format followed by a bunch of concerts and parties.

National Gaper Day: April 1st, 2011
Your local resort.
Neon and tights.
Time to bust out the ski-blades.

Snow Angels Invitational: April 1-3, 2011
Snowmass Resort, Aspen, CO.
Women’s Halfpipe comp and Freeride event.
Pressure-free contest with a mega prize purse. It’s all about relaxing to the max for the ladies.

Telus World Ski and Snowboard Festival: April 15-24, 2011
Whistler, BC
Contests, Parties, Art, Fashion, Fun.
The rowdiest contest and industry scene of the season. Hopefully Sushi Village doesn’t burn down this year.

Jon Olsson Invitational: April 12-18, 2011
Are, Sweden
Ski Big Air, filming and photo extravaganza.
Only the world’s top skiers and film makers are invited to this super elite contest.

We’ll be updating this list throughout the season, so stay tuned.

Game on.