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​FWT21 Starts Next Week With 2 New Wildcards: Anna Orlova and Olivia McNeill


With FWT21 kicking off next week in Ordino Arcalís, Canada’s Olivia McNeill and the 2019 FWT runner up Anna Orlova from Russia both receive the late call-up. McNeill will join the ski women’s roster, with Orlova joining the snowboard women. Two late inclusions to the FWT roster have added further excitement to the upcoming opening event in Andorra. With Jacqueline Pollard unfortunately side-lined for the season after dislocating her patella, McNeill has received a golden opportunity to show the world her skills on the main stage. Anna Orlova returns to competition after a year away due to injury.

Hailing from Vancouver, Canada close to her home mountain of Whistler, Olivia is part of the Whistler Freeride Club. No stranger to competition and the podium, she finished in the top three multiple times last year in FWQ events – and second overall in Region 2. The question is, can she continue this dazzling form in the big league?

Anna Orlova certainly needs no introduction with a resume that speaks for itself – runner up in FWT19 with a win in Hakuba and three second-place finishes, and third overall in FWT18. Returning from injury which kept her out of competition last year, all eyes will be on Anna to see if she can step up and dethrone the 3x World Champion and 2021 Natural Selection runner-up Marion Haerty.

With Ordino Arcalís just around the corner, stay tuned on freerideworldtour.com and the FWT social media channels for competition updates and rider news.

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Avalanche Kills Snowboarder in Grand Teton National Park
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A man was killed in an avalanche on Monday in Grand Teton National Park on the north side of 25 Short. National Park Rangers and Teton County Search and Rescue officials were called to the avalanche which occurred in the Broken Thumb Couloir. Avalanche danger was reported as Considerable, with concern about persistent slabs and wind slabs. The victim was identified as Matthew Brien, a 33-year-old local snowboarder. This is the third avalanche death in the Tetons in the last seven days,

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Park City Mountain Resort and Stevens Pass Ski Patrollers Negotiate with Vail Resorts for Contracts
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For the better part of 2021, ski patrollers at several large ski resorts in the Western US have made headlines as they negotiate their contracts to reflect the dedication they put into their jobs. For those of us that ski at a resort regularly, or even have at all in our lifetimes, we know that ski patrol is an essential part of not just staying safe, but also having a good time on the mountain. This season especially, it’s felt like ski patrollers could use a little extra love as they’ve

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Black Diamond Initiates Talks with US CPSC TO  Voluntary Recall Pieps DSP Avalanche Beacons
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Black Diamond Initiates Talks with US CPSC TO Voluntary Recall Pieps DSP Avalanche Beacons

Black Diamond Equipment has initiated talks with US Consumer Protection Agency to issue a voluntary recall on all Pieps DSP avalanche beacons, in a formal response to a design issue that can accidentally lead to the beacon switching out of transmit mode. The issue almost cost TGR athlete Nick McNutt his life in an avalanche accident last winter. On the commonly used Pieps DSP Ice, DSP Sport and DSP Pro, the switch that changes the beacon from off to transmit to receive can easily get damaged