Freeride World Tour Announces 09-10 Tour Stops

Socci, Chamonix, Squaw Valley, Verbier. Not a bad list of places to travel. If you're competing on the Freeride World Tour, that's exactly we're you'll be headed in 2010.
Freeride World Tour, Socci

In 2007, a new big-mountain tour was born. Called the Freeride World Tour, it was more European based than the U.S.-focused Freeskiing World Tour (yes, the similar sounding names confuse us too). The Freeride tour is invite-only, featuring 40 of some of the best skiers and snowboarders competing all season for the title of Freeride World Tour champion. Last year, the ski winners were France's Aurélien Ducroz (for the men) and Norway's Ane Enderud (for the women).

The tour schedule for 2010, the third season of the event, was just announced: Sochi, Russia in January; Chamonix, France (a new tour stop) in late January; Squaw Valley, California in February; and Verbier, Switzerland, in March. And sponsors Nissan and Swatch signed on again.

“The level among the riders has increased constantly since the first edition of the tour,” says Ducroz. “It is no longer enough to be a great skier to take part of the tour. Physical and mental preparation, thorough inspection of the competition face, and top gear, are all important elements that has helped develop freeriding to a professional sport, becomming more and more known by the broad public.”

Look for a feature story on the Tour in Skiing's December issue.


Tram Face Comp

Freeride World Tour: Final Results at Squaw Valley

It was a dramatic few days at Squaw Valley, but the big-mountain competition took place Tuesday on Silverado. The men's ski winner was Sweden's Henrik Windsted; the women's ski winner was Jackie Paaso, a Squaw local who got a wild card to compete at the event. Here are final results and videos of the winning lines.

Freeride World Tour, Socci

Freeride World Tour Video Clips

In our December issue, we take an in-depth look at the Freeride World Tour, an elite big-mountain competition now entering its third season. Here are some video highlights of last year's tour.

Bec de Rosses

Freeride World Tour: Racer Julia Mancuso is Competing in the Verbier Xtreme

As if two Olympic silver medals wasn't enough, ski racer Julia Mancuso has decided to take on the Verbier Xtreme this weekend, the final stop on this year's Freeride World Tour. The venue for the big-mountain competition is the Bec de Rosses, a massive face filled with rocky cliff bands and no-fall zones. Find out why Julia is taking on the challenge.

La Parva Freeskiing Champs

Freeskiing World Tour Open for Registration

Every winter, hundreds of big-mountain athletes vie for spots on the Freeskiing World Tour, a competition circuit hosted by the International Freeskiers Association. Online registration opens today and tomorrow for this year's stops in Revelstoke, Telluride, Crested Butte, Kirkwood, and Snowbird.

La Parva Freeskiing Champs

Freeskiing World Tour Kickoff

This week, the first North American stop of the Freeskiing World Tour takes place in Revelstoke, BC. We'll be covering the event from a competitor's point of view. But before we get to the actual skiing, here's a look at the kickoff party that took place on December 26 at Green Street in Salt Lake City.