Friday, October 14, 2016

Swatch Freeride World Tour 2017 Riders


The complete list of finest athletes in the sport of Freeride on the world’s premier competitive freeride tour is now available.

The competition will be even more intense this year as the most promising generation of up-and-coming talent from the Freeride World Qualifier (FWQ) will showcase their skills against the top riders of the elite tour. The 2017 season will continue the saga of progression in the sport as established riders attempt reinvent their game and retain their throne or face relinquishing it to the next generation of freeriders.

Snowboard WomenAnne-Flore Marxer (SUI/FRA) will once again be hungry for the title of world champion as she presses Elodie Mouthon (FRA) and attempts to recapture the world title. Returning American star Shannan Yates (USA) will have to use her experience to defend against the tenacity of the incoming riders Audrey Hebert (CAN) and Manuela Mandl (AUT).

Marion Haerty (FRA)


Ski Women – This year could be ripe for a shake-up as longstanding champions like Eva Walkner (AUT) and Jackie Paaso (USA) face intense competition from FWQ skiers Elisabeth Gerritzen (SUI) and Kylie Sivell (CAN). Fresh on the FWT last year but finishing strong, Arianna Tricomi (ITA) is also to be watched.


Snowboard Men – An established American presence will be felt again this year with the likes of Ralph Backstrom (USA) and Sammy Luebke (USA) posing a formidable challenge to younger European riders like Thomas Feurstein (AUT) and French sensation Camille Armand (FRA).



Ski Men – All eyes will be on the rising star, Logan Pehota (CAN), who was narrowly edged out of top spot on the podium by returning champion, Loïc Collomb-Patton (FRA) on the 2016 FWT. 

Carl Renvall (SUI) 
Sam Lee (NZL)
Ryan Faye (USA)
Mark Mikos (USA)
Yan Rausis (SUI)
Dennis Risvoll (NOR)
Drew Tabke (USA)


SWATCH FREERIDE WORLD TOUR 2017
1. SWATCH FREERIDE WORLD TOUR CHAMONIX-MONT-BLANC
Date: January 28, 2017; Location: Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, FRA

2. SWATCH FREERIDE WORLD TOUR VALLNORD ARCALIS - ANDORRA
Date: February. 11, 2017; Location: Vallnord Arcalis, AND

3. SWATCH FREERIDE WORLD TOUR FIEBERBRUNN KITZBÜHELER ALPEN
Date: March 4, 2017; Location: Fieberbrunn Kitzbüheler Alpen, AUT

4. SWATCH FREERIDE WORLD TOUR HAINES - ALASKA
Date: March 17, 2017; Location: Haines

5. SWATCH XTREME VERBIER
Date: April 1, 2017; Location: Verbier, SUI


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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