The premier class of the freeride scene will meet again in 2021 as part of the Freeride World Tour. Due to the Corona pandemic, this year the tour stops will be located exclusively in Europe. Already fixed are the events in Andorra, Fieberbrunn and Verbier. Two further venues are currently still being sought. All events will be broadcast live and free of charge on the Internet.
Kick-off in Andorra
In a normal winter, the Freeride World Tour would traditionally start the new season in January in Hakuba (Japan) and in February in Kicking Horse (Canada). Due to travel restrictions caused by the Corona pandemic this is not possible and so this year the season will start late in Europe. The first tour stop will be Andorra in the Pyrenees from February 20 to 26, 2021.
The terrain in the Vallnord-Arcalis ski resort in the north of the country is immediately one of the most technically demanding areas. Here starts the hunt for the world championship title, which will also be awarded this year in four categories: Ski Women and Men and Snowboard Women and Men.
On to Fieberbrunn and Verbier
The two venues in March have been an integral part of the Freeride World Tour for years. In the middle of the world's most popular winter sports destination, Fieberbrunn in Austria, the tour will be hosted from March 10 to 17, 2021, where the world's best freeriders will once again plunge into the slopes from the summit of the Wildseeloder.
Verbier in Switzerland has already been confirmed as the third venue. The fixed date is March 20-28, 2021. Whether the final will take place there or only a stopover is currently still unclear. Last year, the final in Verbier had to be cancelled because of the first big Covid-19 wave.
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.