With events and contests getting canceled or postponed all year long, it’s a relief to see that the Freeride World Tour plans to forge ahead with a full season for this upcoming winter. There will be some changes in format, but the schedule looks relatively the same, featuring stops all over the world, including Hakuba, Kicking Horse, Ordina Arcalis, Fieberbrunn, and Verbier. For the full list of riders, check out the FWT page.
1. Athlete qualification will occur at the third stop (instead of the fourth), making the Ordino Arcalís Andorra ‘crunch time’ for the athletes. The same numbers still go through as 2020 (best 2 results out of 3 events counts): 13 ski men, 6 ski women, 6 snowboard men, 4 snowboard women – totalling 29 riders.
2. Two runs in Austria. After a successful test last year with snowboard men, riders this year will get two runs in Fieberbrunn and keep their single best score.
3. FWT Finals in Fieberbrunn and Verbier will be rolled out after the cut, where for the last two events, the points will be weighted 1.5. This means the winner will take 15,000 points, compared to 10,000 for the first three stops.
4. World Champions will now be crowned for their best three results out of five.