Sunday, February 26, 2017

Swatch Freeride World Tour 2017. Fieberbrunn Teaser


Less than two weeks to the FWT stop in Fieberbrunn.
The Swatch Freeride World Tour is about to enter a critical phase as athletes seize their last opportunity to score enough points to advance beyond the qualification cuts at the upcoming Fieberbrunn stop. The Austrian ski resort is hosting fifty-one freeriders, including former Austrian FWT snowboarder Flo Orley, and Japanese ski men wild card holder Taisuke Kusunoki.
After the Fieberbrunn event, a cut is made based on the competitors’ best two results of the 2017 season, reducing the field of fifty-one riders to just to twelve ski men, six ski women, six snowboard men, and four snowboard women. These twenty-eight riders will qualify for the two remaining 2017 FWT events in Haines, Alaska and Verbier, Switzerland in addition to the upcoming 2018 FWT season.
Event organizers are aiming to hold the competition on the venue known as the Wildseeloder face, which at 2,118m offers 600 vertical meters of varied freeride terrain. The target date for the competition is March 6th; however the allotted weather window extends from March 6th-11th should snow or safety decisions require a shift in the competition date.

SWATCH FREERIDE WORLD TOUR FIEBERBRUNN KITZBÜHELER ALPEN
Date: March 6, 2017; Location: Fieberbrunn Kitzbüheler Alpen, AUT



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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