The 2018 Freeride World Tour (FWT) stop delivered for spectators and competitors alike as the first-ever event to take place at the legendary Canadian freeride destination was held in nearly picture-perfect conditions. Known for its technical lines, deep snow, and playful freeride-friendly terrain, Kicking Horse welcomed 47 riders in four categories for its inaugural competition and the only FWT stop on North American soil.
Competitors made their way to the 2504m summit, an alpine venue known as “Ozone,” where they launched into the 2018 season with spectacular lines. The residual fog burned off mid-morning and riders were treated to velvety Canadian powder all day long.
Manuela Mandl (AUT–1st Place) launched into her run with a huge air at the top followed by successive stomped airs lower in the venue, winning the category by a large margin and picking up her first FWT win. Anna Orlova (RUS–2nd Place) picked her way through numerous unique and technical airs, earning second. Defending world champion Marion Haerty (FRA–3rd Place) rode strong with several technical line features, granting her a spot on the podium.