Thursday, November 4, 2010

30 Freeride World Qualifier Events 2011 and Three Junior Competitions Announced

The Freeride World Qualifier Events (FWQ) is a series of qualifying competitions in which highly-skilled skiers and snowboarders compete with the ultimate goal of grabbing a spot on the Freeride World Tour (FWT). With the high interest and much at stake, the FWQ 2011 will feature some of the most exciting competitive freeriding going, in 30 ski resorts around the world.
In addition, the Freeride World Tour in partnership with Dakine, is launching its first ever Junior Competitions to further promote grassroots freeriding and fuel young talent. They will be held parallel to the FWT events in Chamonix Mont-Blanc, Fieberbrunn, and Verbier. If bad weather or time restrictions interfere, the Junior competition will be replaced by freeride and safety clinics taught by mountain guides and professional freeride skiers and snowboarders. The same judging criteria used for the FWT will be used for the Junior Competitions. Each event will be a distinct, unconnected event with no overall champion in 2011. The Junior events will emphasise security and accident prevention. Venues for these competitions are carefully chosen to be challenging but not dangerous.
The Freeride World Qualifier events are open-entry and have both Men’s and Women’s disciplines where riders build points towards qualifying for the Freeride World Tour. Events are classified as 1*, 2*, 3* and 4*, with the number of points awarded based on the star value of the event. Star values are based on a number of criteria including the quality of the competition face, field of riders and prize-money. Riders with the most points at the end of the season will earn a spot on the prestigious Freeride World Tour.

Freeride World Qualifier Events 2010/2011

4* events:

January 15th to 20th, 2011: La Clusaz Radikal Mountain in La Clusaz France - Ski + Snowboard
February 3rd to 7th, 2011: Bigmountain Hochfügen in Hochfügen Austria - Ski + Snowboard
February 25th to March 1st, 2011: North Am Freeskiing Championships by Swatch in Kirkwood, California, USA - Ski Only
March 3rd to 6th, 2011: Salomon Extreme Freeride Championship in Taos, New Mexico, USA - Ski
March 5th to 9th, 2011: The North face Masters of Snowboarding by Swatch in Kirkwood, California, USA - Snowboard only
March 11th to 15th, 2011: Nendaz Freeride in Nendaz, Switzerland - Ski + Snowboard
April 25th to May 1st, 2011: Röldal Freeride in Röldal Norway - Ski + Snowboard

3* events:

April 14th to 18th, 2010: Röldal Freeride Challenge in Röldal Norway - Ski + Snowboard
May 17th to 19th, 2010: Scandinavian Big Mountain Championships in Riksgränsen, Sweden - Ski + Snowboard
August 10th to 15th, 2010: The Northface Bigmountain New Zealand Freeski Open in The Remarkables and Treblecone, New Zealand - Ski + Snowboard
September 07th to 12th, 2010: Export 33 Xtreme Whakapapa at Mt Ruapehu, New Zealand - Ski + Snowboard
January 20th to 23rd, 2011: CGC JASNA Adrenalin in Jasna, Slovakia - Ski + Snowboard
January 27th to 31st, 2011: Stimorol Engadinsnow in Engadin St. Moritz, Switzerland - Ski + Snowboard (TBC)
February 17th to 21st, 2011: Nissan Mystic Experience at Monte Rosa, Italia - Ski + Snowboard
February 23rd to 27th, 2011: El Dorado Freeride in Arcalis at Vallnord Andorra/Spain - Ski + Snowboard
March 3rd to 6th, 2011: Salomon Extreme Freeride Championship in Taos, New Mexico, USA - Snowboard

2* events:

March 23rd to 27th, 2010: Czech Open in Lenzerheide, Switzerland - Ski + Snowboard
August 25th to 29th, 2010: K2 Bigmountain Chill Series Craigieburn & Mt Olympus New Zealand - Ski + Snowboard
January 22nd to 25th, 2011: The North Face Masters of Snowboarding in Snowbird, Utah, USA (Snowboard only)
February 9th to 12th, 2011: The North Face Masters of Snowboarding at Crystal Mt, Washigton, USA (Snowboard only)
February 10th to 16th, 2011: Alpindustria Cup Dombai 2011 in Dombai, Russia - Ski + Snowboard
February 19th to 21st, 2011: T-Bar Free-Session powered by DaKine in Morgins, Switzerland - Ski + Snowboard
February 24th to 27th, 2011: Freeride Battle in Kanin, Slovenia - Ski + Snowboard
March 10th to 16th, 2011: Snowweek 2011 in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia - Ski + Snowboard
March 20th to 27th, 2011: Alpindustria Cup - Elbrus 2011 in Elbrus, Russia - Ski + Snowboard
March 26th to 30th, 2011: Ride the Rock in La Tania, France - Ski + Snowboard
March 26th to 28th, 2011: First track freeride St-Luc Chandolin in Chandolin, Switzerland - Ski + Snowboard
March 31st to April 3rd, 2011: Czech Ride in Lenzerheide, Switzerland - Ski + Snowboard (TBC)

1* events:

February 17th to 20th, 2011: Sogndal Freeride in Sogndal, Norway - Ski + Snowboard
March 10th to 13th, 2011: Voss Freeride in Voss, Norway - Ski + Snowboard (TBC)
March 17th to 20th, 2011: Kick the Vik eco freeride contest in Oberalppass, Switzerland - Ski + Snowboard
March 23rd to 27th, 2011: Hemsedal Freeride in Hemsedal, Norway - Ski + Snowboard

Junior Events (Categories: ski / snowboard / boys / girls / 12-14 years or 15 -17 years):

January 23rd, 2011 Chamonix-Mont-Blanc FWT Juniors by Dakine
March 13th, 2011 Big Mountain Fieberbrunn FWT Juniors by Dakine
March 20th, 2011 Xtreme Verbier FWT Juniors by Dakine

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