Freeride World Tour 2020

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Freeride World Tour 2020

As yet again Hakuba will be the first stop on the Freeride World Tour. The eyes of the freeride world will be firmly on the Hakuba Valley from 18th to 25th of January to see who will be crowned king & queen of the freeride world.

The Freeride World Tour is a series of events where skiers and snowboarders are given a steep mountain face to ride away from the lift-served area, and are allowed to choose their own route (or “line”) down the mountain.  In keeping with the “freeride” moniker, there are no marked courses. Rather than competing on time, riders are encouraged to choose an original way of using cliffs, drops, and lips in the terrain to incorporate jumps and tricks into their run. Riders are judged on their creativity in using the mountain to demonstrate their skills.

A list of other ski areas to host main events on the tour would be a veritable who’s who of world-class backcountry areas, including Canada’s Kicking Horse and, Verbier in Switzerland. Events are broadcast live via the web and social media, and their popularity reflects a switch in viewer interest from traditional speed-based competitive skiing toward extreme sports.

If you want to watch from the comfort of your sofa, follow all the action live on the website.

The week before will also be a 3-star qualifier. A few locals will be strutting their stuff to see if they can make it to the Freeride World Tour.

More info via the Freeride World Tour web link.