After a week-long postponement, the 2021 Freeride World Tour (FWT21) event in Fieberbrunn, Austria, is scheduled to take place on Saturday, March 13. The competition is set to start at 8:00 a.m. CET (2:00 a.m. EST, 12:00 a.m. MST), with the Snowboard Men starting first, followed by Ski Men, Ski Women, and Snowboard Women.
“I bet yesterday that it would snow at least 10 centimeters, and that’s probably the minimum we had during last night,” says FWT Head Judge Lolo Besse in a video preview of the event. “I would say even more on the [competition] face. [I’m] looking forward to riding it today.”
The FWT has confirmed there will only be one competition in Fieberbrunn during this weather window, meaning there is a lot on the line for the athletes. This event in Austria will be the final chance for athletes to earn enough points to qualify for the final event of the season in Verbier. This is also going to be a key event for earning points to qualify for the 2022 Tour.
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Three-time FWT Overall Champion Arianna Tricomi of Italy and Germany’s Konstantin Ottner will be on the start list in Fieberbrunn. Additionally, Frenchwoman Coline Ballet-Baz will make her first appearance in a freeride competition as a wild card in Austria. Ballet-Baz has a slopestyle background and qualified for the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics, however, she was not able to compete due to injury. She is also behind the SKIVAS film project.
Three North American skiers will not compete in Austria due to injuries—American Isaac Freeland, the defending FWT Overall Champion, as well as American Raymond McDermott and Canadian Olivia McNeill. Switzerland’s Carl Renvall is also out due to injuries.
The original weather window for the Fieberbrunn competition was scheduled for March 6 through 12, however, warm weather and poor conditions led to a postponement. Since then, fresh snow has blanketed the Wildseeloader face and improved conditions well enough for the single competition in Austria.
The FWT21 stop in Fieberbrunn will be broadcast live on the FWT’s website, YouTube channel, and on Facebook. SKI Magazine, an official media partner of the FWT, will have a recap of the ski results as well.