A worldwide circuit with new challenges

Freeride World Tour 2016

The Freeride World Tour is the worldwide circuit of freeride skiing and snowboarding with the best riders in the world competing on the most legendary and challenging alpine faces across the world. In 2016, 62 athletes will compete on 5 tour stops in Andorra, France, Austria and Alaska, culminating with the finals on the infamous ‘Bec des Rosses’ in Verbier, Switzerland.

5. Tourstop in Verbier / Switzerland

  

FWT Champions crowned at the Xtreme Verbier

The most prestigious and intimidating competition face in the world, the Bec des Rosses, hosted the spectacular final stop of the Freeride World Tour and brings the 2016 season to a momentous close. Stormy weather only allowed to run 3 of the 4 categories and eventually forced the organizers to cancel the ski men category.

The newly crowned Freeride World Champions Eva Walkner (AUT – Women Ski), Sammy Luebke (USA – Men Snowboard), and Estelle Balet (SUI – Women Snowboard) stood proudly atop the podium after a momentous season that terminated with spectacular performances on the fabled Bec des Rosses face at 21st edition of the renowned event in Verbier. The new world champion male skier is Loic Collomb-Patton, who was ultimately determined from the highest overall scores after the penultimate stop in Haines, Alaska due to the cancellation of the category finals in Verbier.

 

FWT 2016 Overall Ranking:

Ski Men:
1. Loic Collomb-Patton (FRA) – 6900

2. Logan Pahota (CAN) – 6500
3. Fabio Studer (AUT) – 5280


 
Snowboard Men:
1. Sammy Luebke (USA) – 9700

2. Florian Orley (AUT) – 7260
3. Jonathan Penfield (CAN) – 6580


 
Ski Women:
1. Eva Walkner (AUT) - 9400
2. Jaclyn Paaso (USA) - 8255
3. Arianna Tricomi (ITA) - 8080

 
Snowboard Women:

1. Estelle Balet (SUI) – 9400
2. Anne-Flore Marxer (FRA/SUI) – 9180

3. Marion Haerty (FRA) – 8140

quattro Performance Check: Flo Orely pushing the limits on his final run of his competition career

Austrian snowboard legend Flo Orley finished his competition career with a bang. On the infamous Bec des Rosses, where 15 years ago Orley’s career began, he performed one of the most technical and breathtaking runs.

 

Check out the analysis of his run during the FWT finals in the last quattro Performance Check of the season.

4. Tourstop in Haines - Alaska / USA

 

Big Alaskan riding in picture perfect conditions

The beautiful Chilkat mountains hosted a successful event in Haines, Alaska with near-perfect snow on beautiful spines and a genuine Alaskan ambiance.The remote heli-accessed competition face is known simply as “The Venue”. It offers over 600 vertical meters of pure Alaskan spines, airs, and aesthetically featured powder fields.

 

This year, the face was blanketed in an above-average snowpack giving riders confidence to send big lines. After nearly a week of waiting though low clouds, light snow, and poor visibility, riders were treated to blue skies and a good visibility to deliver a spectacular show with amazing lines.

quattro Performance Check: Anne-Flore Marxer rewriting history

Anne-Flore Marxer has spent some time filming in the Alaskan mountains. The franco-swiss snowboarders drew from her experience to put down the winning run in Haines Alaska.

 

Snowboard legend and FWT judge Tom Burt claims it to be the best run of a female snowboarder in Freeride World Tour history.

3. Tourstop in Fieberbrunn (Alps of Kitzbühel) / Austria

   

The freeride mecca showed its best side

Electricity was in the air as the Austrian skies parted for the first time in days, revealing the impressive Wildseeloder (2,118m) competition face. The 400 vertical meter face hardly resembled its former self with a fresh coating of snow that provided perfect conditions for freeriders to execute their finest lines of the season – some in a last ditch effort to make the qualification cut-offs for the final two stops of the tour and ultimately next year’s FWT.

 

The stakes of this event were high and the quality of the riding reflected the intensity of the athletes.

quattro Performance Check: Dennis Risvoll in Fieberbrunn

The Norwegian Dennis Risvoll needed a top ranking in order to requalify for the next Freeride World Tour season and secure his spot in the next stop in Alaska.

 

Let’s look at his winning run a little more detailed.

2. Tourstop in Chamonix Mont-Blanc / France

  

Competitors revel in amazing bluebird powder conditions.

There was a mystical atmosphere in Flégère ski area as the clouds parted an unveiled view on the snow-capped peaks of one of Europe’s most legendary freeride venues. Riders raised the bar for their respective sports and shook up the overall rankings for the Freeride World Tour. More snow fell than expected the night before and riders were unexpectedly treated to 50-100cm of fresh snow. Despite the heavy snowfall, some parts of the Alaska-like Aiguille Pourrie face still had some hard snow exposed due to wind, causing trouble for some riders.
 

quattro Performance Check: Fabio Studer in Chamonix

Join 3rd place finisher Austrian Fabio Studer and judge Berti Denervaud to understand the skiing and judging behind the competition in Chamonix.

1. Tourstop in Vallnord-Arcalíis / Andorra

    

Full-throttle riding and huge airs dominating the season opener on the beautifully featured Coste Negre face

It is the second time Freeride World Tour makes its appearance in Vallnord-Arcalís. Riders and spectators alike were treated to blue skies and some high clouds with excellent riding conditions in the Andorran resort. The terraced and feature-dense Coste Negre face offered riders a combination of tight couloirs along with clean run-outs and a multitude of options for taking big airs. From its summit at 2680m, the competition face measures nearly 400m vertical meters at 40° allowing competitors ample opportunity to get creative as they make their way towards the finish line.

quattro Performance Check: "Christopher Turdell" Winner Ski Men

In the series of quattro Performance Checks we get an inside view on how the riders chose their line, what they experience while riding and how the judging effects their final score.

 

In this episode we join 1st place place finisher Kristofer Turdell and judge Berti Denervaud to understand the skiing and judging behind the competition in Andorra.

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