Hailing from more than thirteen nations across the Americas, Europe, and Oceania, sixty of the most promising young skiers and snowboarders are invited to compete at the resort of Grandvalira in the Pyrenees for the most prestigious event in the sport of junior freeride.
On February 5, 2017, these junior athletes will showcase their skills to the world at the Andorran resort reputed for its highly technical freeride terrain and known as Europe’s southwestern freeride capital. Pic Alt de Cubil (2.833 m) is the most promising current option for the competition. Representing the next generation of freeriders, competitors aged 15-18 are selected for the event based on their previous seasons’ overall rankings on the Freeride Junior Tour by Head (FJT) – the international youth freeride league affiliated with the Swatch Freeride World Tour (FWT).
Featuring technical line selection, massive airs, and freestyle tricks, last year’s landmark FJWC was a showcase of innovation, progression, and athleticism by the emerging field of talent in the sport. Now in its fifth edition, riders and fans alike have become accustomed to witnessing a level of competition at the FJWC that gives the elite FWT riders a run for their money.
Unique in the sport of junior freeride, the FJWC features a live webcast that will offer fans total coverage of the action on competition day starting at 9:30 AM Central European Time (CET) on www.freerideworldtour.com.
With more than 210 km of runs, Grandvalira has the largest ski domain in the Pyrenees and is credited with covering the most extensive surface area in the South of Europe. Situated in the Eastern valley of Andorra, Grandvalira offers the choice between seven different sectors, so as to satisfy the most demanding customers. Artificial snow guarantees more than 60% of the ski domain, making winter sports available at any time. The resort is home to the only run in Andorra where international Alpine ski competitions can be held -one of the few in the Pyrenees. Grandvalira has hosted several races of the World cup and is a candidate to organize international Alpine ski competitions on its FIS homologated runs.