2017 roster of FWT riders now available
The complete list of finest athletes in the sport of Freeride on the world’s premier competitive freeride tour is now available. Get the first glimpse of the world’s top riders that will be participating on the 10th edition of the five-stop FWT here.
The competition will be even more intense this year as the most promising generation of up-and-coming talent from the Freeride World Qualifier (FWQ) will showcase their skills against the top riders of the elite tour. The 2017 season will continue the saga of progression in the sport as established riders attempt reinvent their game and retain their throne or face relinquishing it to the next generation of freeriders.
Snowboard Women – Anne-Flore Marxer (SUI/FRA) will once again be hungry for the title of world champion as she presses Elodie Mouthon (FRA) and attempts to recapture the world title. Returning American star Shannan Yates (USA) will have to use her experience to defend against the tenacity of the incoming riders Audrey Hebert (CAN) and Manuela Mandl (AUT).
Ski Women – This year could be ripe for a shake-up as longstanding champions like Eva Walkner (AUT) and Jackie Paaso (USA) face intense competition from FWQ skiers Elisabeth Gerritzen (SUI) and Kylie Sivell (CAN). Fresh on the FWT last year but finishing strong, Arianna Tricomi (ITA) is also to be watched.
Snowboard Men – An established American presence will be felt again this year with the likes of Ralph Backstrom (USA) and Sammy Luebke (USA) posing a formidable challenge to younger European riders like Thomas Feurstein (AUT) and French sensation Camille Armand (FRA).
Ski Men – All eyes will be on the rising star, Logan Pehota (CAN), who was narrowly edged out of top spot on the podium by returning champion, Loïc Collomb-Patton (FRA) on the 2016 FWT. The question remains: can the upcoming posse of crossover FWT riders like Carl Renvall (SUI) and Sam Lee (NZL) oust these experienced champions?
Stay tuned to www.freerideworldtour.com and FWT social media channels for up-to-date competition information and news about FWT riders.
JANUARY 28, 2017 – CHAMONIX-MONT-BLANC, FRANCE – THE WINTER BEGINS
FEBRUARY 11, 2017 – VALLNORD-ARCALÍS, ANDORRA – HOLD THE LINE
MARCH 6, 2017 – FIEBERBRUNN, AUSTRIA – CRUNCH TIME
MARCH 18, 2017 – HAINES, ALASKA, USA – THE DREAM STOP
APRIL 1, 2017 – VERBIER, SWITZERLAND –THE GRAND FINAL