“Safety is the number one priority for Freeride World Tour. Education is the first and most important aspect of mountain safety."
Nicolas Hale-Woods, CEO FWT
- Mandatory equipment
The FWT requires that all competitors in every competition carry an avalanche transceiver, shovel, probe, and know how to use them; as well as a helmet and a certified and separate back protection.
FWT is also teaming up with RECCO search and rescue to provide snow safety products for every competitor. Every rider who does not have a RECCO device already will get a maximum of one device at the first event that he/she competes in, which will complete the mandatory equipment for every rider. All equipment, verified on competition day prior to events, is mandatory in order to compete.
A harness shall be part of the rider’s equipment. All riders must take their harness to competitions but it will only be mandatory if the organizers announce it prior to or during the riders meeting. Therefore, it is the riders responsibility to to have a harness handy if needed.
An avalanche airbag is only mandatory on the Freeride World Tour, not on FWQ or FJT.
The equipment along with a transceiver check and a RECCO reflector check will be done prior to the competition.
Any rider missing any of the mandatory equipment will not be allowed to start and will get a DNS (did not start).
- Snow safety education
We aim for the highest level of safety standards in the mountain environment and continue to work with ISTA to provide snow safety education to riders. All FWT riders will be attending a mandatory snow safety education and all licensed FWQ riders will be offered special discounts for ISTA courses happening throughout the season.
- Commitment to safety
The Freeride World Tour (FWT) reaffirms its commitment to mountain safety by renewing partnerships with ISTA (International Snow Training Academy) and ABS Avalanche Airbag, and by signing a new agreement with RECCO AB (search and rescue devices).
By working closely with these official safety partners, the FWT aims for the highest level of safety standards in the mountain environment. RECCO Advanced Rescue Technology and ABS Avalanche Airbag partnerships will extend through the 2019 season – 2020 for ISTA – and provide mandatory equipment and snow safety education for athletes for the upcoming seasons.
More info about these partnerships here.