New Athletes Qualify for 2014 FWT

Top 14 skiers from the Freeride World Qualifiers advance to the big leagues

Watch out Drew Tabke, there are new kids on the block. PHOTO: Freeride World Tour

WORDS: Julie Brown

A new group of skiers moved up in the ranks and secured spots on the Freeride World Tour next year. There are 14 men and women--seven from each of the two regions, Europe/Oceania and the Americas--who earned enough points in the Freeride World Qualifiers to compete on the elite and global 2014 FWT.

The skiers who were promoted from the Americas division all dominated the podiums in the four-star qualifying events last season. Since the regional and world tours were combined under the FWT, this is the first time that freeride athletes competing in their respective regions are advancing to the global stage.

Ian Borgeson, 18 and fresh off the Junior Freeride Tour, scored the most overall points for men in the qualifiers last year with a total of 4,300. He took first at both the Taos and Snowbird four-star events. He also won the Sick Bird award at Snowbird with a creative line that capped off with a huge left-side 360 over an exposed arena of cliffs.

For the girls, Francesca Ace Pavillard-Cain, 22, from Crested Butte, Colorado, led the charge with a total of 5,050 points at the end of the season. Pavillard-Cain took first place at both the Crested Butte and Taos four-star events, and she came in second place at Snowbird.

Here are the 14 skiers who qualified for the 2014 Freeride World Tour:

Region 1 (Europe/Oceania):

Raphael Webhofer (Austria)
Mickael Bimboes (France)
Neil Williman (New Zealand)
Loic Collomb-Patton (France)

Lorraine Huber (Austria)
Matilda Rapaport (Norway)
Hanna Fisher (Austria)

Region 2 (Americas):

Ian Borgeson
Conor Pelton
Garrett Altmann
Patrick Baskins

Francesca Ace Pavillard-Cain
Sasha Dingle
Hadley Hammer