With summer winding down and winter on the horizon, that can only mean one thing; the return of the Freeride World Tour for its 15th season. The world’s best freeriders will be back charging hard for the world title with world-class destinations spanning five countries, an exciting new Tour stop, plus progressive Tour format updates. FWT 2022 promises to reach new heights of Freeride action, with the best riders on the best mountains.
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Check out the teaser for the FWT2022 above.
Tour dates are:
1. (NEW) Baqueira Beret, Spain: 22 – 28 January 2022
2. Ordino Arcalis, Andorra: 30 January – 5 February 2022
3. Kicking Horse Golden BC, Canada: 12 – 17 February 2022
4. Saalbach Fieberbrunn, Austria: 15 – 20 March 2022
5. Verbier, Switzerland: 26 March – 3 April 2022
A Revolutionary New Format
Key changes have been made to the 2022 Tour format designed to push athletic performance and enhance the overall viewing experience. First, The Cut will now follow the Tour’s third stop (instead of the fourth). After Kicking Horse, a cut will be made to the field based on riders’ top two results, with the top 26 riders (12 ski men, 5 ski women, 5 snowboard men, 4 snowboard women) qualified for the final two events of the year: The FWT Finals.
The first Finals event at Fieberbrunn will feature a revolutionary best-of-two-runs format. Each rider will have two runs, with only their top score counting towards the final results.
Also fueling performance is the redesigned Tour point system, with both FWT Finals events awarding increased points towards the overall Tour ranking (12,500 points for 1st place instead of 10,000). Expect riders to deliver even bolder performances during the Finals, in particular when they face off on the most legendary venue of all, Verbier’s Bec des Rosses.