The grande finale to the 2016 Swatch Freeride World Tour is less than a week away! Get a sneak
peek of the definitive last stop in Verbier, Switzerland.
There is not a competition face in the world that has seen more glory, defeat, and inspiration than the renowned North face of the Bec des Rosses, looming over the ski resort of Verbier, Switzerland at 3223m. The season of the 2016 Swatch Freeride World Tour will come to a momentous finale on the 2nd of April when the 28 remaining riders on the FWT drop into the face for one final chance to earn the title of World Champion in each of the four disciplines.
After the last qualifying cut in Haines, Alaska, the original 63 riders have been reduced to a field of just 12 ski men, 6 snowboard men, 6 ski women, and 4 snowboard women. The victor of each category of the Xtreme will be crowned after event and the riders’ top four results of the season will be counted to determine which riders will be crowned the World Champions.
Two starting gates will mark the entrance to the legendary face: one for men and one for women. The riders will descend over 600 meters to the finish line at 2700m while spectators can look comfortably on from the Col des Gentianes, situated directly in front of the face at 3000m or with an accessible spectator area on-mountain next to the finish line. In addition to the FWT, the Freeride Junior Tour by Dakine competition is taking place concurrently on the nearby Mont Gelé on April 3rd.
The exciting conclusion to the 2016 Swatch Freeride World Tour is the most important event in freeride and is a showcase of the progression of the finest freeride athletes in the world. Watch the event live on the mountain or catch the live webcast with women ski and snowboard categories available on www.freerideworldtour.com, with men ski and snowboarder categories on www.freerideworldtour.com and Red Bull TV with a short women recap of the event on those two channels.
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.