The Freeride World Tour, also known as the Freeride World Cup, is in its 7th consecutive year. Last week, the world’s best skiers and snowboarders were hosted by Courmayeur, and after an opening ceremony tonight at 5pm, tomorrow they will take to Chamonix’s own Brévent-Flégère ski area, to take on the infamous Aiguilles Rouges for the French leg of the tour.
Courmayeur has got some great snow conditions this winter and we’re pleased that the competitors seem to have brought some of it over with them, as we have received a good dump over the last 36 hours – Brévent-Flégère has had 30-35cm of fresh snow to top it up in readiness for the competition starting tomorrow.
Over the six stages of the competition, the freeriders will be competing for the title of Freeride World Champion, in men’s and women’s ski and snowboard disciplines, as well as a junior competition. They are scored at each stage, and each rider’s highest scores are taken at the end to give their FWT ranking.
The tour will be back in Chamonix’s back garden for the sixth and final stage, which takes place in Verbier at the end of March, so don’t despair if you’ve missed the first two legs, you can still get across and check out some of the action on a ski-away day.
The partnership between the FWT and the town of Chamonix has also been renewed for the next three years, meaning lots more freeriding fun to look forward to!