Sunday, March 2, 2014

FWT14 Snowbird GoPro Course Preview: North Baldy

The #FWT14 competition at Snowbird has been confirmed for today, Sunday, March 2, 2014 on North Baldy. At just over 11,000 feet above sea level and averaging 35-50 degrees in slope pitch, the north-facing slope of Snowbird's Mount Baldy, offers over 1,500 vertical feet of ideal freeriding terrain. Get a glimpse through the GoPro Course Preview.
Watch the event live at 10:30AM (local time) on www.freerideworldtour.com



Back in 1998, freeriding athletes set their sites on Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort’s "North Baldy", and ignited the fire for big mountain freeride competitions. Fast-forward to 2014, and we are about to witness the 17th freeride competition to take place on Snowbird’s legendary terrain. The Swatch Freeride World Tour presented by The North Face (FWT) has set its sights on Utah’s Wasatch Mountains in Little Cottonwood Canyon.
At just over 11,000 feet above sea level and averaging 35-40 degrees in slope pitch, the north-facing slope of Snowbird’s Mount Baldy, offers 2000 vertical feet of ideal freeriding terrain. A venue where champions from around the world like Hugo Harrison (CAN), Shane McConkey (USA), Guerlain Chicherit (FRA), Sammy Luebke (USA), Drew Tabke (USA), Lars Chickering-Ayers (USA), Shannan Yates (USA), and Julien Lopez (FRA) all made names for themselves. These athletes have set the bar and caliber of riding for future competitors to showcase their world-class abilities.


North Baldy’s terrain offers all the elements for big mountain freeriding and caters to all types of competitors, freestylers and fall-line hard chargers alike. Below the Swatch starting gate, athletes will enter the "Fields of Glory", a large hanging snowfield that allows skiers and snowboarders to aggressively showcase some high-speed giant slalom-type turns and riding.
Below the "Fields of Glory", riders will rapidly approach the "Blonde Rocks" cliff ban, consisting of many different airs, straight lines, double and triple drop options. Moving on, competitors have an option to head fall line to "Burks Bush" or rider’s left of the venue to the "Flying Squirrel Air", both features named after former freeski champions, Will Burks (USA) and Kai Zakrisson (SWE).
With the cheers and noise of the crowd nearing, athletes will then approach the largest portion of the North Baldy venue, the "Amphitheater". With "Femur Rock" to the rider’s right, the extremely exposed cliffs and terrain in the center and the numerous cliff options to the riders left in an area called the "Broom Closet", competitors will have many exciting options to finish their runs.

The Swatch Freeride World Tour By The North Face (FWT) is the premier big mountain freeskiing and snowboarding tour in the world, featuring the sport’s top athletes competing in the world’s best mountain resorts. Created in 2008, the FWT became even more global in 2012 following the union of North American-based Freeskiing World Tour, The North Face Masters of Snowboarding, and the European-based Swatch Freeride World Tour. The 2014 tour consists of six stops on two continents, with four events being held in Europe (Courmayeur, ITA, Chamonix-Mount-Blanc, FRA, Fieberbrunn PillerseeTal, AUT and Verbier, SUI) and two in North America (Snowbird instead of Kirkwood, USA and Revelstoke, CAN).

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