The Freeride World Tour (FWT) announced today their new stops for the 2018 season yet failed to point out the ones they dropped.
Mont Blanc – Chamonix, France and Haines, Alaska, USA will not be returning as stops on the FWT this season.
Chamonix we can understand, it has been cancelled in the past due to low snow. But, Alaska… The sickest lines in the world?
In 2017 the FWT nicknamed the Alaska stop “the Dream Stop”. Alaska is like a fairytale for skiers and riders. It has steep, long, fall line runs with spines, chutes, drops and big open spaces between sections.
Needless to say the Haines, Alaska tour stop, with it’s breath-taking terrain will be missed.
“The FWT expands to 3 continents in 2018 with 2 new stops!
After a long summer season of anticipation, the FWT launched the official competition calendar featuring a completely revamped competition schedule for the upcoming 2018 season.
This year, the FWT unveils two brand new locations for the opening events in Hakuba, Japan and Kicking Horse, Golden, BC, Canada – two legendary freeride destinations.
Forty five riders in four categories – ski men, ski women, snowboard men, and snowboard women – will make the five-stop international journey. All riders will face a round of qualification cuts after the fourth stop in Fieberbrunn, Austria before arriving at the grand finale in Verbier, Switzerland in March/April 2018.
NEW FOR 2018 – Hakuba, Japan – January 20-27, 2018 – The Winter Begins
NEW FOR 2018 – Kicking Horse, Golden, BC, Canada – February 3-9, 2018 – Time To Get Rowdy
Vallnord-Arcalís, Andorra – March 1-7, 2018 – Hold The Line
Fieberbrunn, Austria – March 9-15, 2018 – Crunch Time
Verbier, Switzerland – March 31 – April 8, 2018 – The Grand Finale