September 16, 2010
Verbier, Switzerland – After the success of its three previous editions, the Freeride World Tour 2011 grows from four to six tour stops with new events in St. Moritz, Switzerland, and Fieberbrunn, Austria. The world's best freeride skiers and snowboarders will once again be going head-to-head in search of the 2011 world title. Spectacular action guaranteed on some of the planet's most challenging mountains!
The 2011 tour for male riders will kick off mid-January at the mecca of freeriding, Chamonix-Mt-Blanc in France. The athletes will then travel the globe to five more destinations in Europe, Russia and North America. The female riders have their own tour schedule, competing at the Freeride World Qualifyer events. They will then join the men for the grande finale in Verbier, Switzerland, at the prestigious Nissan Xtreme by Swatch, celebrating its 16th edition.
In Verbier the battle for the world title 2011 will determine who will follow in the footsteps of reigning World ChampionsCandide Thovex, FRA (men ski), Ane Enderud, NOR (women ski), Xavier de Le Rue, FRA (men snowboard), and Aline Bock GER (women snowboard).
"I'm delighted to announce the schedule for the fourth edition of the Freeride World Tour (FWT). With Fieberbrunn and St. Moritz as new FWT tour stops we are making a major move into the Germanic part of Europe. I'm also really pleased that Nissan and Swatch continue to be FWT partners and that major snow industry players such as Scott and DaKine see the FWT as the premier tour in this rapidly developing and exciting sport. Our goal is to deliver the best in big mountain Freeride competition. We're well positioned once again to do that in 2011," commentsFreeride World Tour founder and organiser,Nicolas Hale-Woods.
The 2011 Freeride World Tour six stages:
1. Nissan Freeride de Chamonix-Mont-Blanc 2011 by Swatch (FRA)
Date: 22 January 2011
2. Nissan Engadin Freeride St Moritz 2011 by Swatch (SUI)
Date: 29 January 2011
3. Nissan Russian Adventure Sochi 2011 (RUS)
Date: 19 February 2011
4a. North American Championships Kirkwood 2011 by Swatch (USA)
Date: 26 February (Ski only) 2011
4b. North Face Masters Kirkwood 2011 by Swatch (USA)
Dates: 5 March(Snowboard only)
5. Big Mountain Fieberbrunn 2011 by Nissan (AUT)
Date: 12 March 2011
6. Nissan Xtreme Verbier 2011 by Swatch (SUI)
Date: 19 March 2011 (Finals)
Here's a video from last season's FWT stop at Squaw Valley, CA: