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FWT Hakuba CANCELED Due to Weather

Early this morning, event organized decided to cancel the Freeride World Tour competition in Hakuba, Japan. Cited were extreme weather conditions, including high winds, heavy snow, and icy conditions on the competition face.

“We highly respect the decision that FWT made not to hold the competition in Hakuba as safety is always the first priority. We strongly believe we will have a Freeride World Tour competition next year here in Hakuba and show the best of this region through the incredible lines that all the riders will make,” says Fumitoshi Ohta, the FWT Hakuba Local Organization Committee President.

FWT plans to re-stage the event at one of the upcoming venues: Kicking Horse Golden, BC , Vallnord-Arcalís, Andorra or Fieberbrunn, Austria. The next competition in Kicking Horse is scheduled for Feb. 3-9.

While riders were not able to compete, they certainly enjoyed a week of some of the deepest snow of their lives in the Hakuba Valley. Check out some more instabangers from athletes enjoying the down days:

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Artful Powder Skiing From the Burrrlapz Boyss
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The Line Skis crew, better know as Burrrlapz has released their second edit of the season and boy, is it sweet. They're calling their latest installment a "powder skiing art project" and to that, we respond, isn't all powder skiing art? However, their commitment to riding big pillow lines really does come across as pretty artful. While we've seen plenty of deep days of our own this season, we're still drooling over the bluebird skies and face shots this edit has to show. Backed with tunes

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Hans Just Wants to Dance and So Do We
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Hans Just Wants to Dance and So Do We

For those who cherish the après just as much as powder, this season has looked a little different. Hopeful youngsters like Hans here just want to find that ski town party. But with COVID-19 shutting down the bars, where's a guy to show off the powder blue fart bag and perfectly groomed stache to go with his dance moves? With no luck hitting the Cowboy, Hans realizes that the party is in the outdoors, getting after it. Armed with his 65 underfoot Rossignol skinny skis and renewed sense of

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Results and Replay: FWT21 Stop #2 in Andorra
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While the official first stop of the 2021 Freeride World Tour might have been canceled due to COVID-19, it didn’t stop the athletes and crew from spending an extra few days in Andorra to put on a replacement event that outdid the first stop, held last week! Again, the athletes dropped into The Port del Rat face – this time with a third start gate offering further creative options and a fresh layer of snow to entice the athletes to go even bigger. And go bigger they did. Congratulations to