5 STOPS // 3 CONTINENTS
- HAKUBA, JAPAN « THE WINTER BEGINS », Jan 19-26
- KICKING HORSE GOLDEN BC, CANADA « TIME TO GET ROWDY », Feb 02-08
- FIEBERBRUNN, AUSTRIA « HOLD THE LINE », Feb 22-28
- VALLNORD-ARCALÍS, ANDORRA « CRUNCH TIME », Mar 02-08
— THE CUT —
- VERBIER, SWITZERLAND « THE GRANDE FINALE », Mar 23 - 31
FWT TV production free of rights for each event : show (26min), news format (3min), episodes behind the scenes & interviews (on Youtube) / High resolution photos and video footage available on our MediaLibrary.
WATCH THE 2019 SEASON TEASER
THE CUT & RANKING RULES
The following selection will be implemented after the 4th stop (Vallnord-Arcalís, Andorra):
- Top 6 ski Women (out of 10)
- Top 13 ski Men (out of 22)
- Top 6 snowboard Men (out of 9)
- Top 4 snowboard Women (out of 7)
Riders making this cut will be qualified for the final in Verbier and automatically qualified for the Freeride World Tour 2020.
The beginning of a freerider’s career : Has the rider always been doing this kind of riding? What made the rider start with freeriding? What are the reactions from family and friends? Is he/she autodidact or born in freeriding world ?
Rookie on the Tour : What is it like being a rookie on the Tour? Are the seniors taking good care of you? What surprised you? What are your expectations this year ?
The superhumans of Freeride World Tour : How freeriders are training ? Pro tips for lectors to improve their freeriding ? What’s in athletes mind before they drop ? How to deduce from the observation of the face, the line to perform during the run ? How they deal with the fear ? What is their worst crash and how to go back on stage after it ?
ABOUT FREERIDE WORLD TOUR
What do you know about freeride ? History of freeride, Freeride terminology, Risks of freeride (safety)...
Behind the scenes of an event or interesting facts you didn’t know about FWT : technologies behind a FWT event (way to televise it, photographers on the slope), safety (big mountains guides, riders equipment), choice of the face, decision of kick-off the competition, how does the athlete go on the competition face ?
The FWT staff : a Tour made by passionate freeriders for passionate freeriders.
The involvement of the FWT to unite a community around freeride : next generations ready to take over the pros (FJT and FWQ), rallying points for freeriders like Fan Bars and Festivals…
- Freeride – Style of riding that takes place off piste, on natural, ungroomed terrain in the backcountry or sidecountry.
- ≠ Freestyle – Riding discipline in Winter Olympics that includes moguls, aerials, half-pipe, and slopestyle.
- Backcountry — Backcountry skiing is skiing in a sparsely inhabited rural region over ungroomed and unmarked slopes or pistes. More importantly, the land and the snow pack are not monitored, patrolled, or maintained.
- Slackcountry/sidecountry — Refer to backcountry that’s easily accessed from a resort.
- Bumps – Synonym for moguls, the mounds of snow formed by repeated turns of skiers/snowboarders (or built artificially).
- Dropping in – Beginning a run in a terrain park or launching off a cliff or cornice to enter new terrain.
- Freshies – Fresh, untracked powder.
- Gnarly - Difficult conditions or terrain.
- Shred the gnar – To ride with exceptional speed, ability, or enthusiasm, especially in difficult terrain and conditions.
- Sketchy - When you land a trick but it doesn’t look good.
- Bombing – Travelling fast and straight down a slope, somewhat recklessly.
- Bulletproof – Hard, compacted snow and ice that requires serious edging and is often caused by thaw-freeze cycle or rain falling on slopes.
- Death cookies – Small frozen chunks on a piste, usually caused by snowmaking and grooming operations.
- Dust on crust – When a very shallow layer of fresh snow covers the hardpack underneath.
- Jerry – Someone who is clueless about skiing or snowboarding (e.g., wearing jeans on the slopes). Also see joey and gaper.
- Huck – To launch off a cliff, cornice, or other precipice.
- Tomahawk – To fall end over end down a mountain without any control. See also rag doll.