Salt Lake City, USA – As announced last week, the Freeride World Tour, the Freeskiing World Tour and The North Face Masters of Snowboarding have now joined forces in a unified tour named the Swatch Freeride World Tour By The North Face. On the qualifier level, all freeride events around the globe will be united into one worldwide Freeride World Qualifier tour, with events ranked from 1 to 4. Riders will be able to compete anywhere they want, according to their place on the unified world qualifier seeding list.
To qualify for the 2014 Freeride World Tour, FWQ riders will have to be in the top four from their region for ski men, in the top three from their region for ski women and snowboard men, and to be first from their region for snowboard women.
The freeride world will be split in two regions:
Region 1: Europe, Asia, Oceania
Region 2: Canada, USA, Chile, Argentina
There will be one FWQ ranking, taking the best three results of each rider. The ranking list starts at zero every new season.
The seeding list uses the best three results of each rider during the last 52 weeks. The seeding list is actualized every week. The detailed rules can be found here.
The first events of the season will be judged according to last year's Freeride World Tour rules for the New Zealand events, and according to last year's Freeskiing World Tour rules for Chile. A new, unified judging system will be implemented for the northern hemisphere FWQ and FWT events.
August 22-27: FWQ 4*, Ski Only, The North Face Chilean Freeskiing Championships, Chile, Ski Arpa
This competition will be a Four-Star event, associated with the Freeride World Tour and a critical opportunity for up and coming athletes to earn points toward their worldwide ranking.
With a $10,000 prize purse, the open event will attract the world’s top freeskiers from around the globe to compete at a backcountry venue only accessible by snowcat and touring.
August 22-27: FWQ 2*, K2 Big Mountain Chill Series, New Zealand, Craigieburn and Mt. Olympus
These events are as much about the athletes as they are the mountain, which makes them local favorites amongst competitors. The mountains just so happen to be freeride meccas and a breeding ground for so many of New Zealand’s top big-mountain skiers and snowboarders.
Both events are Two-Star Freeride World Tour Qualifiers (FWQ) and have $5000 prize pool per event. New terrain is on offer given good conditions and there is already interest from a strong collection of local and international riders. The K2 Big Mtn CHILL Series starts at Mt Olympus on the August 22 and moves to Craigieburn from August 24-26. Check the 2011 videos here and here.
August 30 – September 2: FWQ 2*, Black Diamond Big Mountain Chill Series, New Zealand, Temple Basin.
Check the 2011 video here.
September 3 – 8: FWQ 3*, Ski Only, The North Face Big Montain New Zealand Freeski Open, New Zealand, The Remarkables and Trebelcone
Registration has officially opened for the Big Mountain contest of The North Face Freeski Open of New Zealand. A total prize pool of $42,000NZ spread across the three disciplines will certainly entice many international and local freeskiers to sign up to compete at this World Class event.
After a short delay, the registration for the Big Mountain and Three-Star Freeride World Qualifier event is open for all Freeriders looking to shred the gnar in New Zealand.
This is the second year in a row that both the Big Mountain Qualifier and the Finals have been held at The Remarkables, a ski resort close to picturesque Queenstown.
September 10 – 18: To Be Confirmed, FWQ 4*, New Zealand, Mt Ruapehu
For the Chilean event, registration is on www.freeskiingworldtour.com, click on REG in top menu.For the Chill series, registration can be made both on www.freerideworldtour.org and on www.chillout.co.nz. One event and tour license are mandatory and have to be purchased on www.freerideworldtour.org. Event registration will be paid on www.chillout.co.nz once riders are confirmed.
For the New Zealand Freeski Open, registration, license and inscription are on www.freerideworldtour.org