Freeride World Tour grows to six stops for 2011 ski season

Posted By: The Ski Channel on September 16, 2010 10:53 am

Following the success of its three previous editions, the Freeride World Tour 2011 will expand 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 competing head-to-head in their quest for the 2011 world title.

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. New for 2011, the female riders will have their own tour schedule, competing at the Freeride World Qualifier events. They will then join the men for the finals in Verbier, Switzerland, at the prestigious Nissan Xtreme by Swatch, celebrating its 16th edition.

In Verbier the battle for the 2011 world title will determine who will follow in the footsteps of reigning World Champions Candide 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,” said Freeride World Tour founder and organizer, Nicolas Hale-Woods.

The 2011 Freeride World Tour schedule:

1. Nissan Freeride de Chamonix-Mont-Blanc 2011 by Swatch (FRA)
Date: January 22, 2011

2. Nissan Engadin Freeride St Moritz 2011 by Swatch (SUI)
Date: January 29, 2011

3. Nissan Russian Adventure Sochi 2011 (RUS)
Date: February 19, 2011

4a. North American Championships Kirkwood 2011 by Swatch (USA)
Date: February 26, 2011 (Ski only)
4b. North Face Masters Kirkwood 2011 by Swatch (USA)
Dates: March 5, 2011 (Snowboard only)

5. Big Mountain Fieberbrunn 2011 by Nissan (AUT)
Date: March 12, 2011

6. Nissan Xtreme Verbier 2011 by Swatch (SUI)
Date: March 19, 2011 (Finals)