Swatch Freeride World Tour Fieberbrunn 2018
Also in winter 2017/18 the Freeride Word Tour (FWT) stops in Fieberbrunn. The Freeride Mecca in the Kitzbüheler Alps is the only stop on the tour in the German-speaking region. The world's best freeriders will take a close look on the backcountry around the legendary Wildseeloder druing the weather window 09.-15.03.2018 - a compulsory appointment not only for diehard freeride fans. The fourth stop of the Freeride World Tour is a hot phase because it is here who decides who is one of the best drivers and will be able to travel to Verbier, Switzerland for the Grand Final.
Amphitheater of snow as a spectator area
The world's best freeriders have to ascend around 40 minutes to the summit of the Wildseelder, before they fall from the start on 2.118 meters into the 620-vertical drop. There they are able to overcome a slope of up to 70 degrees. The audience can follow the lines of the freeriders in the Contest Village on the opposite Lärchfilzkogel (1,645 m), which is easy to access via gondola. In this spectacle of snow, which is reminiscent of an antique amphitheater, an extensive supporting program is offered during the competition. Thanks to live broadcasting on screen, moderation and fan TV, the spectators in the "Snow area" at Lärchfilzkogel do not miss anything. Thousands of fans have flocked to the Lärchfilzkogel in the past years to be part of the Wildseeloder spectacle!
Facts and Figures Freeride World Tour Fieberbrunn 2018
Location: Wildseeloder North Face
Start: 2,118 m
Vertical Drop: 620 m
Sloping: up to 70 degrees
1,000 hours of volunteer work
10,000 m³ of sno in the Contest Village
History of Freeride World Tour
The SWATCH FREERIDE WORLD TOUR (FWT) is the premier big mountain freeskiing and snowboarding tour in the world, featuring the sport’s top athletes competing in the world’s best mountain resorts. Created in 2008, the FWT became even more global in 2012 following the union of North American-based Freeskiing World Tour, The North Face® Masters of Snowboarding, and the European-based Swatch Freeride World Tour. Besides the successful implementation of this truly global FWT, the increase of Freeride World Qualifier (FWQ) and Junior Freeride Tour events in recent years shows that the base of the sport is growing exponentially.
The FWT represents top-level big mountain riding, the most progressive and pure discipline of skiing and snowboarding. Riders use the entire mountain as their canvas, from cliffs, cornices and chutes to powder fields and trees. FWT events have invitation-only athlete rosters but the full FWQ series allows athletes to compete in 1 to 4-star level events and qualify for the FWT the following season. All FWT competition venues are handpicked for their terrain, as well as their steepness, and offer a wide range of options to those competing
FREERIDE WORLD TOUR 2018 - Tour Calendar
SAVE THE DATES – THE COUNTDOWN BEGINS FOR THE 11TH EDITION OF THE SWATCH FREERIDE WORLD TOUR
1. STOP FWT HAKUBA, JAPAN - "The Winter Begins"
20-27. January 2018
2. STOP FWT Kicking Horse, Golden, BC, Kanada - "Time To Get Rowdy"
03.-09. February 2018
3. STOP FWT Vallnord-Arcalís, Andorra - "Hold The Line"
01.-07. March 2018
4. STOP FWT Fieberbrunn, Austria - "Crunch Time"
09.-15. March 2018
5. STOP FWT Verbier, Schweiz - "The Grand Finale"
31. March - 08. April 2018