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Freeskiing World Tour Becomes Worldly

This winter, athletes on the Freeskiing World Tour—the premiere big-mountain comp based in the U.S.—will be using their passports.
Revelstoke Comp Venue

Last year, the US Freeskiing Tour—America’s premiere big-mountain skiing competitions—renamed itself as the Freeskiing World Tour. The tour’s plans were to hold competitions outside the U.S. but they were never finalized (stops were held at Telluride, Crested Butte, Kirkwood, Snowbird, and Alyeska). Meanwhile, athletes on its rival tour, the Freeride World Tour (based in Europe), globetrotted from Russia to France to California to Switzerland. But this winter, Mountain Sports International, which runs the Freeskiing World Tour, will have athletes using a passport.

In September, Mountain Sport’s International announced the first competition for this year’s tour wouldn’t be in North America. The South American Freeskiing Championships kicks off on September 2 in La Parva, Chile, less than 30 miles outside the capital of Santiago. The venue for this event will be on La Parva’s newly opened terrain called McConkey’s (named in memory of former Freeskiing World Tour competitor and big-mountain skiing legend Shane McConkey). “Athletes will have the unique opportunity to pioneer new lines and potentially name their airs and lines at the bottom of their run,” says MSI’s Mike Reff.

MSI also announced the tour would travel north to Revelstoke, BC, in early January for the Canadian Freeskiing Championships. This is the first time it’s been held in Canada since 2004, when a comp was held in Whistler. “Revelstoke has a large freeride feel and culture that the locals share and it should be exciting to see that when the tour goes back to Canada,” says MSI’s Bryan Barlow. Weather permitting, MSI plans to transport skiers via cat or helicopter into the backcountry terrain of the Montana Bowl or Kokanee Bowl.

From BC, the tour continues on to Crested Butte, Colorado, then travels to the Cirque at Kirkwood, California. Snowbird will host the 2010 Freeskiing World Championships, where the tour leaders will face off on North Baldy for the ultimate big-mountain title. For more info on the tour and to watch live broadcasts of this year’s competitions, visit

2010 Subaru Freeskiing World Tour Schedule of Events:

September 3-6, 2009 — The North Face South American Freeskiing Championships, La Parva, Chile

January 6-10, 2010 — The Canadian Freeskiing Championships, Revelstoke, Canada

February 2010 — Subaru Freeskiing World Tour Qualifier, Location TBA

February 17-21, 2010 — Subaru US Freeskiing Championships, Kirkwood, CA, USA

March 3-7, 2010 — Subaru North American Freeskiing Championships, Kirkwood, CA, USA

March 16-21, 2010 — Subaru Freeskiing World Championships, Snowbird, UT, USA


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.

FWT Kirkwood

Freeskiing World Tour: Kirkwood, California

The Freeskiing World Tour has traveled to its second-to-last stop for this winter: Kirkwood, California. The big-mountain competition is taking place on the permanently closed Cirque terrain. Here is video from day one of the event.

Telluride FWT

Freeskiing World Tour Arrives in Telluride

The FWT has already been to La Parva, Chile, and Revelstoke, BC. Now some of the best big-mountain athletes in the world are descending on Telluride, Colorado, for the third stop of the Freeskiing World Tour. Here's a video preview of this weekend's event.

Winner Griffin Post

Freeskiing World Tour: Crested Butte Photos

This weekend, Griffin Post and Claudia Bouvier nabbed first for the men and women, respectively, at the Freeskiing World Tour stop in Crested Butte, Colorado. We have photos from the powder-day big-mountain competition,

The men's podium included Travis Wolfe from Telluride, Whit Boucher from Vail, and Connery Lundin from Squaw Valley. For full results, click here.

Freeskiing World Tour Telluride

The third stop on this year's Freeskiing World Tour took place in Telluride, Colorado, over the weekend. Here are some photos and results from the big-mountain competition.

Revelstoke Comp Venue

Freeskiing World Tour: Revelstoke Results

Americans Arne Backstrom and Jessica McMillan take the top honors at this weekend's Canadian Freeskiing Championships at Revelstoke. We spoke to McMillan about the competition.

Crested Butte Comp

Freeskiing World Tour: Crested Butte, Day 1

Due to heavy snowfall in Crested Butte, Friday's Freeskiing World Tour was cut short early. Another six to 10 inches of new snow are predicted over the weekend. Day two of the event takes place on Saturday. Here's a video from day one.

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.