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THE BEST FREERIDERS COMPETING ON THE BEST MOUNTAINS

"2019 proposes one of the most exciting rider line-up FWT has ever seen, with burning hot rookies, top wild-cards, and legends defending their throne. The sport is progressing massively every season with jaw-dropping action, fed by a wave of emerging talents from the Junior (FJT) and Qualifier (FWQ) series. The other super promising news is the FWT development in Japan with 4 Qualifier events, 4 Junior events, and 7 FWT Academies filling the calendar of the land of the rising sun (and light powder)."

— Nicolas Hale-Woods, Freeride World Tour CEO

MEDIA KIT SUMMARY

  1. WHAT IS FREERIDING ?
  2. CALENDAR
  3. RIDERS & CATEGORIES
  4. THE CUT & RANKING RULES
  5. THE ROAD TO FWT
  6. JUDGING SYSTEM
  7. STORY IDEAS
  8. PARTNERS
  9. CONTACTS
  10. FREERIDE TERMINOLOGY

WHAT IS FREERIDING ?

2019 CALENDAR

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

Watch live on FWT Website, Facebook, Youtube

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.

RIDERS & CATEGORIES

48 RIDERS SPLIT IN 4 CATEGORIES

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SKI WOMEN - 10 RIDERS

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SKI MEN - 22 RIDERS

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SNOWBOARD MEN - 9 RIDERS

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SNOWBOARD WOMEN

THE ROAD TO FWT

PYRAMID OF FREERIDE

JUDGING SYSTEM

  • A scoring system common to all circuits (FWT, FWQ, FJT)
  • 6 judges : 4 judges + 1 head judge + 1 video judge (3 coming from the ski panorama + 3 coming from the snowboard panorama)
  • 1 unique score ranging from 1.0 to 10.0, based on the “general impression” and following criteria :

STORIES INSPIRATIONS

ABOUT RIDERS

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…

The Freeride World Tour thanks its sponsors to help freeriding world grows

CONTACTS

FREERIDE TERMINOLOGY

  • 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.

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