FREERIDE WORLD TOUR VALLNORD ARCALIS - ANDORRA
Date: March 2-8, 2019; Location: Vallnord Arcalis, Andorra
It’s that time of the season again when points mean everything: world title race, qualification for the finals in Verbier and the 2020 season. It’s with all of this on the line that sets the stage for what is sure to be a highly contested competition in the Pyrenean freeride capital of Ordino Arcalís, during the March 2nd - 8th weather window.
The official ceremony in Ordino will kick things off on March 1st, in Plaça Major and the atmosphere will be buzzing as always in the event village in Arcalís from March 2-3. Activities and events will include a free ski test and the FWT Party in Ordino on Saturday, March 2nd.
The 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 show 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.