What’s the WASC?

WASC crowd of people at night with international flags in the snow

The annual World Airlines Ski Championships (WASC) are international winter sports competitions. Numerous airline ski teams compete in the championships on a professional basis. Exclusively airline employees from all kinds of departments of an airline (ground staff, dispatch, crew scheduling, flight operations, etc.) participate in the yearly event. The contest is organized by the International Airlines Ski Federation (IASF) in collaboration with popular world class ski resorts.

In particular, we hold competitions in Alpine Skiing (Slalom and Giant Slalom), Nordic Skiing (Sprint and Long Distance) and Snowboarding (Parallel Giant Slalom). In 2020, for the first time in the WASC history, we have held a Snowboard Cross (SBX) competition. The official IASF Rulebook is adapted to the official FIS regulations (Fédération Internationale de Ski).

Presently, more than 100 airline ski teams have registered under the IASF. One team per airline may register by nominating a teamcaptain to the Board of the IASF.

The one-of-a-kind event projects team spirit and comradery between airliners around the Globe. It lasts for about a week with four days of competitions and social functions and usually takes place between February and March.

In 2019, the 60th Anniversary World Airlines Ski Championships took place in Bad Kleinkirchheim, Austria. In March 2020, the IASF Community celebrated the 61st WASC in Big White, Canada. It was the last one to be held before the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.