Fourth Stop on the Freeride World Tour moved to Snowbird Ski Resort

Posted By: The Ski Channel on February 14, 2014 11:52 am

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The SWATCH FREERIDE WORLD TOUR BY THE NORTH FACE® (FWT) announced the location of the fourth 2014 season stop has been moved to Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort, Utah, USA.

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“Snowbird is honored to host the world’s best big mountain skiers and snowboarders, including several athletes who call Snowbird home,” said Dave Fields, Vice President of Resort Operations. “We have some of the best snow conditions in North America right now, and incredible terrain for this event.”
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Due to tough winter conditions, event organizers determined snow conditions at the originally scheduled location, Kirkwood Mountain Resort, are not yet suitable for competition, causing the change.
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Snowbird’s first possible day of competition is scheduled for March 1, 2014 with an open weather window through March 5, 2014. Fans around the world will be able to watch the action live on www.freerideworldtour.com. The event webcast is scheduled to begin at9:30AM MST the day of competition.
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“The entire team here at Kirkwood is very disappointed in not being able to hold the FWT this year.  After the tremendous success of last year’s event, we were set to blow-it-out-of-the-park this year; until Mother Nature decided otherwise,” explained Casey Blann General Manager at Kirkwood Mountain Resort. “That being said, we are hopeful the FWT will return to Kirkwood next year so we can continue to bring the most extreme skiers and riders onto our unbelievable terrain on The Cirque.”
The FWT program at Snowbird will include an opening ceremony on the Plaza Deck Feb. 28 at 4PM, a jumbotron streaming the event live, festival village, men’s and women’s ski and snowboard competition, and closing party.
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Photo: Freeride World Tour / D Carlier 

“FWT has encountered challenging weather and snow conditions all season.We are very grateful Snowbird has agreed to host the event with such short notice. Snowbird is famous for having a unique abundance and quality of snow, making it an excellent location for the event,” said FWT Americas General Manager Adam Comey. “Utah is also home to some of the most enthusiastic freeride fans in the United States. We are excited to bring the world’s premier freeride competition to the mountains they call home.”

For more information on the SWATCH FREERIDE WORLD TOUR BY THE NORTH FACE® and the event schedule, please visit www.freerideworldtour.com.

Each event of the FWT will be broadcasted live onwww.freerideworldtour.com.

 

 

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