Freeride World Tour

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Jan. 18, 2014

Courmayeur, Italy

Jan. 25, 2014

Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, France

Feb. 1, 2014

Fieberbrunn PillerseeTal, Austria

Mar. 1, 2014

Snowbird, Utah, USA

Mar. 10, 2014

Revelstoke, Canada

Mar. 22, 2014

Verbier, Switzerland

Revelstoke FWT Stop Cancelled

Organizers cite high avalanche danger; FWT athletes to split the $63,500-prize purse

The fifth stop of the Freeride World Tour at Revelstoke has been cancelled. PHOTO: Freeride World Tour

The fifth stop of the Freeride World Tour at Revelstoke has been cancelled. PHOTO: Freeride World Tour

For Immediate Release

REVELSTOKE, BRITISH COLUMBIA – March 11, 2014 – Due to high avalanche danger on the Mac Daddy backcountry venue, organizers of the Swatch Freeride World Tour by The North Face (FWT) have decided to cancel the competition scheduled to take place outside of Revelstoke Mountain Resort. Forecasts do not suggest weather patterns will create suitable competition conditions within the designated weather window, March 10-15. As a result the competition will not be moved to an alternate venue or date. Great spring skiing conditions exist in the resort boundary but do not meet terrain criteria for Freeride World Tour venues.

The fifth stop cancellation has caused a slight adjustment to the Verbier qualification structure. For women, the top two of three event results will determine qualification. For men, the best three of four results will be used to determine qualification. Organizers have also decided to split the total $63,500-prize purse evenly between all riders who had planned to compete at the event.

“Revelstoke Mountain Resort supports the decision by the Swatch Freeride World Tour by The North Face event organizers to cancel the event,” reported Ashley Tait, Director of Sales and Marketing at the resort. “While the in-bound skiing at the resort is excellent, the existing avalanche conditions are wide-spread across the backcountry in western North America. Safety for the athletes and staff involved in the event continue to be a top priority.”

The FWT will continue to the Xtreme Verbier final championships in Switzerland on March 22 where the 2014 champions will be crowned.

“Our staff and management are committed to doing everything possible to put on world-class freeride competitions,” explained FWT Americas Event Director Bryan Barlow. “However, this is an example of how tough decisions must be made in favor of athlete and staff safety. Fans, staff, and athletes all love the venue at Revelstoke. We look forward to many future competitions here.”

This is the latest in a slew of last minute decisions involving the venue that have affected the FWT competition. Last week, an avalanche on Mount Baldy postponed the fourth stop of the FWT at Snowbird and forced the competition to move to Silver Fox. Earlier in the season, another slide moved the Fieberbrunn stop of the FWT to nearby Kappl in Austria.

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  • ryanvdonk

    there’s no other venues in revy? really? kicking horse isn’t too far either.

  • mgd

    This proves how good of a venue snowbird actually is. If planned ahead there could be multiple venues In play with a worst case scenario being silver Fox, and no cancellations. Snowbirds should get a yearly consideration

    • Reine Barkered

      There where multiple venue options in Revy to but as SamB pointed out, All faces in all aspects where prone to avalanches, it was really bad out there. Snowbird will most likely not be considered to come back to for more then one reason.

  • SamB

    It’s not just venue change, it’s that all the other faces are also as prone to avalanches…

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