Monday, April 7, 2014

A Look Back at the FWT14: Snowbird

After an unfortunate delay of the competition at Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort on Sunday, the new venue, Silver Fox, glistened under a bluebird sky primed for competition with a fresh layer of creamy snow. More than 60 of the world’s best freeriders from around the world gathered here to compete at the Swatch Freeride World Tour By The North Face (FWT). Silver Fox has played host to many freeride competitions in the past. Its consistent pitch allows riders to open up the throttle and punctuate runs with a variety of features located on the face. An enthusiastic and eager crowd gathered to enjoy the spectacle and cheer for their favorite ski and snowboard athletes.
The 2013 FWT Champion Elodie Mouthon of France managed to win her category with a super fast run down the fall line through the steepest section of the venue known as North Chute. The judges awarded her with a score of 75.75.
In this video Dion Newport (FWT Judge - Snowboard) analyzed Elodie Mouthon's winning run.

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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