Thursday, November 12, 2015

Swatch Freeride World Tour 2016


This season the schedule is a nod to the 20+ years of tradition that the FWT boasts. Tradition is being made with events at Vallnord Arcalis, Andorra and Haines, Alaska, while historical venues remain on top, combining old with new to create an action-filled season that is sure to excite and inspire.
Both Vallnord Arcalis-Andorra and Haines, Alaska hosted spectacular competitions in 2015 and the FWT is excited to announce that both will return for 2016 marking the second year that these venues will play a key role in the tour.
The FWT also returns to Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, France one of the most storied locations for freeride in the world, and a global epicenter of glisse. Chamonix’s rich skiing, mountaineering and snowboarding heritage needs no introduction and a podium here is a coveted addition to any athlete’s resume.
Chamonix is complimented by a date at Fieberbrunn Kitzbüheler Alpen, Austria. Fieberbrunn features a difficult, complex venue that will challenge the athletes on one of the crown jewels of Austrian freeride terrain.
Finally, the rich tradition of the FWT reaches a peak on the heights of Verbier’s Bec des Rosses, Switzerland, the spiritual home of the Freeride World Tour. This legendary venue, a place where dreams are crushed and heroes are forged, turned 20 last winter and is a fitting finale for 2016.
With the 2016 schedule coming into focus, the athlete field is nearly complete. The full list of confirmed riders for FWT 2016 will be announced at a later stage.

SWATCH FREERIDE WORLD TOUR 2016
Event Calendar and Cut
1. SWATCH FREERIDE WORLD TOUR VALLNORD ARCALIS - ANDORRA

Date: Jan. 23, 2016; Location: Vallnord Arcalis, AND
Disciplines: Men’s and Women’s Ski and Snowboard

2. SWATCH FREERIDE WORLD TOUR CHAMONIX-MONT-BLANC
Date: Feb 6, 2016; Location: Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, FRA
Disciplines: Men’s and Women’s Ski and Snowboard

3. SWATCH FREERIDE WORLD TOUR FIEBERBRUNN KITZBÜHELER ALPEN
Date: March 6, 2016; Location: Fieberbrunn Kitzbüheler Alpen, AUT
Disciplines: Men’s and Women’s Ski and Snowboard

The following cut takes place after event NO. 3:
- Top 14 Men Ski (from 26)
- Top 7 Women Ski (from 14)
- Top 7 Men Snowboard (from 14)
- Top 5 Women Snowboard (from 8)
Are qualified for FWT Alaska and for FWT17

4. SWATCH FREERIDE WORLD TOUR HAINES - ALASKA

Date: March 17, 2016; Location: Haines
Disciplines: Men’s and Women’s Ski and Snowboard

The following cut takes place after event NO. 4:
- Top 12 Men Ski (from 14)
- Top 6 Women Ski (from 7)
- Top 6 Men Snowboard (from 7)
- Top 4 Women Snowboard (from 5)
Are qualified for FWT Verbier

5. SWATCH XTREME VERBIER

Date: April 2, 2016; Location: Verbier, SUI
Disciplines: Men’s and Women’s Ski and Snowboard




The Swatch Freeride World Tour (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. Besides the successful implementation of this truly global FWT, the increase of Freeride World Qualifier (FWQ) and Junior Freeride Tour events in recent years shows that the base of the sport is growing exponentially.
The FWT represents top-level big mountain riding, the most progressive and pure discipline of skiing and snowboarding. Riders use the entire mountain as their canvas, from cliffs, cornices and chutes to powder fields and trees. FWT events have invitation-only athlete rosters but the full FWQ series allows athletes to compete in 1 to 4-star level events and qualify for the FWT the following season. All FWT competition venues are handpicked for their terrain, as well as their steepness, and offer a wide range of options to those competing.

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