29 Nov 2023
Freeride World Tour is back with a talented new field ready to engage the big mountains - 40 riders locked in across four categories. Season Wildcards are yet to be revealed.
The FWT has released a star-studded lineup of athletes for the upcoming winter, fueling the stoke of freeride fans across the globe. The young guns last year exceeded the expectations of many, but this year’s new class of rookies looks stronger than ever, and will surely bring their A-game on the big stage. Can the established roster hold their own and outclass the new recruits?
18 riders from four continents have qualified in the ski men category. The retirement of two legends last year has opened the field right up, setting up a potentially nail-biting season. Can Valentin Rainer defend his crown? Or will the ever-consistent Maxime Chabloz go one better than last year and repeat his audacious run in FWT22? Eyes will also be on last year’s sensations Max Hitzig, Marcus Goguen and Max Palm, but surprises are sure to come with a dazzling list of rookies in the mix.
The strength of the ski women’s roster intensifies each year, and this season’s list certainly continues this trend, with every athlete looking ready to fire on all cylinders. Justine Dufour-Lapointe outclassed the rest of the field in FWT23, and all eyes will be on the Canadien to see if she carries this form into 2024.
The big question in this category is whether riders will turn to big mountain moves or free-flowing freestyle to impress the judges – or maybe both? Ludovic Guillot-Diat enjoyed immense success last year, owning the podium in every event, and ultimately taking home the season’s silverware. But Jonathan Penfield also made headlines – storming home with a win in Austria – and will be looking to carry that form into 2024.
This focus in this category will be on Katie Anderson to see if she can repeat her heroics of 2023, which included three wins from four starts. Her consistency over the past few seasons makes her a firm favorite, but can she hold her nerve with a phenomenal field in tail, including FWT23 runner-up Anna Orlova.