The world’s best freeriders will be back charging hard for the world title in a brand-new format this winter with the announcement of the Freeride World Tour (FWT) 2021 calendar. This year’s Tour will take in the following 5 stops:
HAKUBA, JAPAN – January 23-30, 2021
KICKING HORSE GOLDEN BC, CANADA – February 8-13, 2021
ORDINO ARCALÍS, ANDORRA – February 22-27, 2021
FIEBERBRUNN, AUSTRIA – March 6-12, 2021
VERBIER XTREME, SWITZERLAND – March 20-28, 2021
The revamped championship format will see four key changes:
Athlete qualification will occur at the third stop (instead of the fourth), making the Ordino Arcalís Andorra ‘crunch time’ for the athletes. The same numbers still go through as 2020 (best 2 results out of 3 events counts): 13 ski men, 6 ski women, 6 snowboard men, 4 snowboard women – totalling 29 riders.
Two runs in Austria. After a successful test last year with snowboard men, riders this year will get two runs in Fieberbrunn and keep their single best score.
The FWT Finals in Fieberbrunn and Verbier will be rolled out after the cut, where for the last two events, the points will be weighted 1.5. This means the winner will take 15,000 points, compared to 10,000 for the first three stops.
World Champions will now be crowned for their best three results out of five.
These exciting changes will ensure the world’s best will have the best opportunity to compete for the world title and continue to push the progression of the sport to a whole new level.
As health and safety is always the priority for FWT organisers, they are actively working in conjunction with local authorities to make sure each competition is compliant with current Covid-19 regulations.