The premier class of the freeride scene celebrates their get together in 2018 as part of the Freeride World Tour in five legendary freeride destinations. Kicking off the season in mid-January 2018 with two new stops in Hakuba, Japan and Kicking Horse, Golden, BC, Canada, 45 athletes will travel across three continents hoping to claim the freeride title in Verbier, Switzerland in March/April 2018. Get ready to drop into another season on the world's premier freeride tour and check out the calendar of this high-energy, fast-paced competition circuit.
FWT Adds New Stops in Japan and Canada
The opening of the Freeride World Tour will take place from January 20 - 27 January, 2018 in (yes, that is one of the two brand new locations unveiled) Hakuba - the Japanese birthplace of skiing. The motto of the event will be "The Winter Begins". Afterwards, the 45 riders will cross the Pacific Ocean heading to Canada in order to compete in four categories (Ski Men, Ski Women, Snowboard Men, and Snowboard Women).
The second one of the five-stop international journey and also the second new one will be Kicking Horse in British Columbia. The Canadian resort receives an average of more than six meters of snow every winter, guaranteeing perfect conditions for the "Time To Get Rowdy" between February 3 and February 9, 2018.
Three Stops in Europe
One of the most technically demanding areas in the world is the third stop of the Freeride World Tour: Vallnord-Arcalis in the north of Andorra. From March 1 to 7 March 2018, both men and women will have to give everything they got in order to live up to the motto of the third event - "Hold the Line" - in the end.
Amidst impressive scenery and the world's most popular winter sports country (being Austria), the tour's next stop will be in Fieberbrunn from March 9 to March 15, 2018. In the middle of the Pillersee Valley, the world's best freeride skiers will once again plunge from the top of the Wildseeloder into the slope. Especially the Austrians rookies Lorraine Huber (ski) and Thomas Feuerstein (snowboard) may want to enjoy home advantage, heading for a sketchy ridge line.
All riders will face a round of qualification cuts after the fourth stop in Fieberbrunn, which is titled "Crunch Time", before arriving at the grand finale in Verbier, Switzerland taking place from March 31 to April 8, 2018 with only 28 of 45 athletes competing for the World Championship title.
Rules? There Is No Such Thing!
Whether you are a skier or a snowboarder, each of the 45 riders will try to find their 'bestest' line possible. There is no marked route, no time limit or test drive. A jury judges the riders in several categories, which include the choice of line, technique, control, and fluidity of the ride.
|January 20-27, 2018||Hakuba||Japan|
|February 3-9, 2018||Kicking Horse||Canada|
|March 1-7, 2018||Vallnord-Arcalis||Andorra|
|March 9-15, 2018||Fieberbrunn||Austria|
|March 31 - April 8, 2018||Verbier||Switzerland|
Detailed information about the individual events can be found on the homepage of the Freeride World Tour.