Since 2008, the Freeride World Tour has made sports history bringing together top international freeride skiers and snowboarders, men and women, competing at prestigious resorts around the world, battling for the World Champion title.
The Freeride World Tour season 2015 will start off at Chamonix-Mont-Blanc in France, January 24, 2015, then head to Austria and Fieberbrunn Kitzbüheler Alpen, January 31. One week later, the athletes will take on Vallnord Arcalis in Andorra for the first time, February 14. After the event at Vallnord Arcalis, there will be a cut for Alaska, USA, with 60 per cent of the men skiers and snowboarders qualifying. In Alaska, there will be a longer weather window to ensure the best possible conditions, March 14-22. The exact location in Alaska is yet to be confirmed. Again 60 per cent of the riders after Alaska will qualify to the grande finale and the 20th anniversary of the Xtreme Verbier, March 28!
Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, France (January 24)
Besides it’s impressive mountains that provide the stage for the riders to show the world how they have stepped it up from last year, the village transforms into a freeride fair, exhibiting the newest gear and ski and snowboard movies and offering plenty of chances to interact with the pro’s.
Fieberbrunn Kitzbüheler Alpen, Austria (January 31)
The Fieberbrunn event really confirms that Austria knows how to welcome spectators to the mountains! A complete snow arena including a bar made of snow, entertainment and a festive atmosphere. This FWT stop has the live spectators in mind and dedicated fans come from near and far to be part of the party and watch this classic.
Vallnord Arcalis, Andorra (February 14)
Andorra has been one of the best kept secrets in terms of freeriding that up until now only locals and a few insiders have known about. With the FWT coming to Vallnord, the secret will be out, and the world’s best riders will be leaving their mark. The new terrain will be a challenge for all the riders and is a great opportunity for the rookies to break through. Not to be missed!
Haines, Alaska (March 14)
Haines, Alaska is the epitome of freeriding. No lifts, no pistes and this makes the event unique in the FWT calendar. It’s a mythical and dream destination for riders, tourists and the FWT alike. The Alaska stop also marks the first cut in the field and the lower placed riders will have to watch their peers compete from back home.
With these two facts in mind this stop is of the upmost importance to the riders. When the stop was first announced, the female snowboarder Anne-Flore Marxer (FRA/SUI) didn’t hide her determination to qualify: “I’m thrilled to compete in Alaska, having a FWT stop in Alaska is essential as it is the mecca of freeriding. The terrain is challenging yet very exciting… I definitely want to take part in it!”
Verbier, Switzerland (March 28)
The season ends with a special anniversary: the 20th edition of the Xtreme Verbier. Only the top riders in each category will have a chance to ski in this prestigious FWT final event. This stop with its intimidating competition face, the Bec des Rosses, is the ultimate challenge and honor of any freerider.
At Chamonix, the junior riders will have their own dedicated events ! Much more than a competition, it is a whole freeride weekend with the aim of giving junior riders the keys to go freeriding and competing in a safe and clever manner.
One unique age category for Junior riders (14 – 17 years old) and a maximum number of participants capped at 75 per event. This is to: a) maximize security for the riders and b) facilitate a smoother running of the competition. The competitions are open to male and female riders both skiers and snowboarders.