It’s about that time again! In just a few days, the 2nd stop of the Freeride World Tour (FWT) is scheduled between February 2nd-8th at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, in Golden, BC, Canada. After just about two weeks since the first stop in Japan, riders are ready to compete again. If you missed the first event, check out the winning runs at Hakuba Japan 2019 results.
Kicking Horse Mountain Resort is known for its infamous Wrangle the Chute competition, gnarly terrain, and large BC snowfall totals. Last year the FWT held two events at Kicking Horse due to a canceled weather window in Japan.
Kicking Horse’s venue features steep chutes, playful hits, highspeed bowls, and a few hidden sharks, that made for exciting competitions in the past. Generally, the terrain at Kicking Horse is the ideal big mountain freeride venue, rewarding both aggressive and playful riding styles. As usual, competitors will be judged on their fluidity, control, jumps, technique, and the difficulty of their line (more information at FWT-about-judging).
Currently, the scheduled competition is postponed for the weekend due to a storm system. Luckily, the generous time window should equate to good visibility and fresh snow for competitors. We will be watching closely.
Riders to keep an eye on at Kicking Horse 2019:
- Markus Eder (2018 Kicking Horse 2nd Place)
- Tanner Hall (Wildcard, Hakuba 2019 2nd Place)
- Logan Pehota (Wildcard and 2018 Kicking Horse Winner)
- Leo Slemett (Returning from Injury and FWT17 Winner)
- Kristofer Turdell (FWT18 Winner)
- Arianna Tricomi (FWT18 Winner)
- Eva Walkner (FWT18 Kicking Horse 1st, FWT18 2nd Place)
- Hazel Birnbaum (FWT18 4th)
- Davey Baird (FWT18 Kicking Horse 1st, FWT18 3rd)
- Gigi Rüf (FWT17 Fieberbrun 1st)
- Thomas Feuerstein (FWT18 2nd)
- Sammy Luebke (FWT18 Winner)
- Manuela Mandl (FWT18 Winner, FWT18 Kicking Horse 1st)
- Anna Orlova (FWT19 Hakuba 1st)
- Marios Haerty (FWT18 2nd)