Freeride World Tour Heads to Asia for the First Time: Japan to Host 4* Qualifier

Robin Azer |
Credit: Swatch Freeride World Tour 2016
Credit: Swatch Freeride World Tour 2016

For the first time in Freeride World Tour (FWT) history, competition will take place on the continent of Asia. Japan will play host to a Freeride Qualifier 4* event, skiing’s/snowboarding’s premiere big-mountain challenge. Competitors from around the globe will converge on the “Japanese Alps” of Hakabu, Japan for a chance to secure a spot on the prestigious Freeride World Tour. Action kicks off in early Janary 2017.

The philosophy of the sport is elegantly simple:

“Forget placing slalom poles down the mountain. Forget building artificial jumps and hips and halfpipes and tabletops. Forget grooming the slopes. Freeride contests are 100% natural, 100% clean. Indeed, the event is all about celebrating the god-given terrain features found on any mountainside in the most exciting and elemental format possible. There’s a start gate at the summit and a finish gate at the bottom. That’s it. Best run down wins.

Freeride World Tour official site

Credit: Hakuba,
Credit: Hakuba,

2017 Swatch Freeride World Tour Schedule:

  • Jan 28, 2017: Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, France
  • Feb 11, 2017: Vallnord Arcalís, Andorra
  • Mar 4t 2017: Fieberbrunn, Austria
  • Mar 17th 2017: Haines Alaska, United States
  • Apr 1st 2017: Xtreme Verbier, Switzerland
Credit: Japan Powder
Credit: Japan Powder

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