FREERIDE WORLD TOUR X PEAK PERFORMANCE
Two decades after its first event, the Freeride World Tour has grown into a worldwide platform that showcases the very best of freeriding. Partnered with a core brands within the freeride industry, Peak Performance, this year’s tour looks to be bigger and better than before.
What is the FWT
The Freeride World Tour is the worldwide circuit of freeride skiing and snowboarding, with the top athletes in the world competing on the highest stage, on the most challenging alpine faces, at the most renowned ski resorts across the world.
Chamonix: 28th January
Nestled at the foot of the famous 4810-meter-high Mont Blanc, Chamonix is the first stop of the FWT. Known as the mecca for all mountain based action sports, the Chamonix Valley is surrounded by steep mountain faces, draped with overhanging glaciers, that the skiers must navigate down.
Arcalis Vallnord: 11th February
The second stop of the tour, Arcalis Vallnord, Andorra, is the smallest and most remote ski resort in Andorra. With just a few chair lifts, the resort offers a lot relatively easy to access backcountry terrain. This stage in the tour will bring out the creative and technical side of the riders, as they attempt to solidify their positioning.
Fieberbrunn: 6th March
Fieberbrunn, Kitzbuheler, Austria, is where the pressure starts to mount for the riders. The third stop of the tour symbolises the first cut for the riders, with only the very best riders of the first three stops qualifying for Alaska. Fieberbrunn offers great, easily accessible terrain in all directions, with little hiking or touring to reach even the most remote of terrain.
Haines: 18th March
The tour leaves Europe and heads over the North America for the fourth stop and final rider cut. Alaska has long been the spot for freeriders to truly push themselves. The coastal town of Haines is just around the corner from some of the most extreme mountains on the planet, many only accessible by helicopter. The riders will be exposed to steep faces, nasty spines and big drops.
Verbier: 1st April
Since 2008, the fifth and final stop of the Freeride World Tour heads to the home of the Verbier Extreme, a freeride competition with over 20 years of big mountain history. The final showdown takes place on the Bec Des Rosses, a north facing mountain, huge in size and equally as steep. Only the very best from the first four stops get the chance to take on this mountain
Peak Performance Athletes to Look For
One of the biggest names to look out this year is double Freeride World Champion Loic Collomb-Patton, who will be looking to retain his title for his first time in his career. The Peak Performance and Blizzard skis athlete has had a long and winding road to the top. Loic started his skiing career in the race gates before moving to moguls and halfpipe but after a series of knee injuries Loic switched his focus to freeride.
The second Peak Performance rider that is a favourite for FWT 2017 is Kristofer Turdell. After winning the Freeride World Qualifier in 2015, it wasn’t long until Kristofer won his first Tour stop, at his first ever FWT competition, which help him to finish 4th overall in 2016. This rookie took the tour by storm last year and is tipped to be pushing for the top spot in 2017.
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