The premier class of the freeride scene celebrates their get together in 2019 as part of the Freeride World Tour in five legendary freeride destinations: Hakuba (Japan), Kicking Horse (Canada), Fieberbrunn (Austria), Vallnord-Arcalis (Andorra) und Verbier (Switzerland). 48 athletes will travel across three continents hoping to claim the freeride title. Get ready to drop into another season on the world's freeride tour and check out the calendar of this high-energy, fast-paced competition circuit.
First Stops in Japan and Canada
The opening of the Freeride World Tour will take place from January 19 and January 26, 2019 in Hakuba - the Japanese birthplace of skiing. The motto of the event will be "The Winter Begins". Afterwards, the 48 riders will cross the Pacific Ocean heading to Canada.
The second one of the five-stop international journey 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 2 and February 8, 2019.
Three Stops in Europe
Amidst impressive scenery and the world's most popular winter sports country (being Austria), the tour's next stop will be in Fieberbrunn from February 22 to February 28, 2019. 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.
One of the most technically demanding areas in the world is the fourth stop of the Freeride World Tour: Vallnord-Arcalis in the north of Andorra. From March 2 to March 8, 2019 both men and women will have to give everything they got in order to live up.
All riders will face a round of qualification cuts after the fourth stop in Andorra, which is titled "Crunch Time", before arriving at the grand finale in Verbier, Switzerland taking place from March 23 to March 31, 2019 with only 28 of 48 athletes competing for the World Championship title.
Rules? There Is No Such Thing!
Whether you are a skier or a snowboarder, each of the 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 19-26, 2019||Hakuba||Japan|
|February 2-8, 2019||Kicking Horse||Canada|
|February 22-28, 2019||Fieberbrunn||Austria|
|March 2-8, 2019||Vallnord-Arcalis||Andorra|
|March 23-31, 2019||Verbier||Switzerland|
Detailed information about the individual events can be found on the homepage of the Freeride World Tour.