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    Freeride World Tour - 2019

    1) HAKUBA, JAPAN – THE WINTER BEGINS
    JANUARY 19-26, 2019

    2) KICKING HORSE GOLDEN BC, CANADA – TIME TO GET ROWDY
    FEBRUARY 02-08, 2019

    3) FIEBERBRUNN, AUSTRIA – HOLD THE LINE
    FEBRUARY 22-28, 2019

    4) VALLNORD-ARCALÍS, ANDORRA – CRUNCH TIME
    MARCH 02-08, 2019

    5) VERBIER, SWITZERLAND – THE GRANDE FINALE
    MARCH 23 – 31, 2019

    Schedule just dropped. https://www.freerideworldtour.com/ne...ndar-announced

    Alto is back - he got a wildcard - yeah!
    Thing 2 - oftpiste's oftspring - will be back smoothin and stompin
    T-Hall will be keeping it lit!
    And another De La Rue is on tap. He anything like Xavier??

    Do we really have to wait four more months!? Argh. Why don't know they run 1 or 2 events full FWT events in summer? I know there are some 2-star events, but we want full production and live-streaming dammit! Ah well, stoked for it when it arrives...

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    FWT: https://www.freerideworldtour.com/
    Replays: https://www.freerideworldtour.com/replay-live-events
    Daily Motion: https://www.dailymotion.com/FreerideWorldTourTV
    Rankings: https://www.freerideworldtour.com/rankings
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    Stoked on the growth in Japan. Last year we had 2 Qualifiers. This year we have 4Qs and 4Juniors. http://freerideworldtour.jp . The JP tour producer has been killing it selling events around the country.

    Win the qualifying tour here and you're on the world tour next year. It's a good season to spend time in Japan if you're an athlete.

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    So why only 1 event in Canada none in the USA?

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    well I guess the Euros are more into free ride competitions... probably better marketing value over here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DanoT View Post
    So why only 1 event in Canada none in the USA?
    Last year was the same. They just ended up running the Japan event at Kicking Horse on different terrain because the weather didn't cooperate in JP. Both were very cool though.

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    Dang, I leave Japan on the 19th. Would have been fun to watch, although it'll probably just get snowed out again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DanoT View Post
    So why only 1 event in Canada none in the USA?
    So which past venues would you guys like to see return to the lineup? Revelstoke would get my vote

    3 weeks to go!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Angle Parking View Post
    So which past venues would you guys like to see return to the lineup? Revelstoke would get my vote

    3 weeks to go!
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    I want AK back. To me, that was the coolest event by far because IMO, AK is the cutting edge of freeride skiing. Verbier is just too damn scary, exposed and consequential IMO. AK (despite the weather issues), seemed to have the best conditions and terrain for the athletes to "comfortably" push their limits without the very probable risk of dying if they fell (like verbier).

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    Agreed on AK. But the weather sure makes it tough / expensive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by californiagrown View Post
    I want AK back. To me, that was the coolest event by far because IMO, AK is the cutting edge of freeride skiing. Verbier is just too damn scary, exposed and consequential IMO. AK (despite the weather issues), seemed to have the best conditions and terrain for the athletes to "comfortably" push their limits without the very probable risk of dying if they fell (like verbier).
    Agreed on Alaska but sot so much on the Verbier front. Scary and exposed should be a part of the freeride lexicon imo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Angle Parking View Post
    So which past venues would you guys like to see return to the lineup? Revelstoke would get my vote

    3 weeks to go!
    Revelstoke and Snowbird.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Angle Parking View Post
    Agreed on Alaska but sot so much on the Verbier front. Scary and exposed should be a part of the freeride lexicon imo.
    Totally agree. I think the tour should have a range of venues that encompass the full range of freeride terrain of which verbier's uber exposed, technical terrain is most certainly a part. I just think that the AK stop was the most enjoyable to watch, in large part because it looked like the most enjoyable for the athletes to ski. But the weather and logistics were a nightmare, so it seems. Too bad.

    Verbier seems like an event where the athlete stoke comes at the end, from making it down the line alive. Just a pure, cheated death adrenaline rush. AK seemed like the stoke came from having best time ever while skiing the line itself, you know? Different strokes for different folks, for sure, on this one though.

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    The Mac Daddy face comp in revelstoke was so fkn good.

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    I look forward to it every year and really wish they'd put snowbird back in the mix. So rad to see it firsthand
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    So which events would you get rid of in favour of the above mentioned?

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    sproing!

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    ^ Shiiiot!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Angle Parking View Post
    So which events would you get rid of in favour of the above mentioned?
    Japan and Andora


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    Quote Originally Posted by Leavenworth Skier View Post
    Japan and Andora


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    Andora has some of the best highlight runs every season.

    Japan seems too mellow/short.

    I remember Sochi being good.

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    I dig the Andorra venue, but agreed on Japan. I'd love to see the Kirkwood venue return.

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    I'd add Revy back, I'd like to see what Japan would have with a good weather window... Snowbird venues are meh from the historical, most of the time the same line wins standpoint, but I did love watching it.
    Kirkwood could be fun again... I really wish Tram face happened at Squaw.

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    Freeride World Tour - 2019

    Isn’t Andora where alto had the run of the season and crashed on the cat track at the bottom?

    Tram face at Squaw would be damn hard to pull off. There’s maybe a few days a season where it’s both filled in enough and stable, if any. I’m staring up at it as I type this and it would be looking pretty bleak if they were planning on It this year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TahoeJ View Post
    Isn’t Andora where alto had the run of the season and crashed on the cat track at the bottom?
    Yep. God that backflip was massive. Also where Smoothy's epic winning run from a few years ago was.

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    Andorra looks like a great venue. Snowbird doesn't have enough vert to satisfy most competitors and it would have to be close for a week or two to public beforehand. Revy was an amazing venue.

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