Following on the tails of the season’s first event on Monday at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort in Golden, B.C., 47 riders divided into four categories made their way up to 2330 metres to drop into the “Truth and Dare” face situated in the Purcell Mountains. The original event, scheduled to take place last month in Hakuba, Japan, was re-staged due to safety concerns and low visibility.

Ivan “Mad” Malakhov (Russia - 1st Place) finally got the win that he has long been searching for as he launched one of the biggest airs of the day with an impeccable landing, followed by clean, fast skiing. Yann Rausis (Switzerland - 2nd Place) was able to snag second place with a perfect backflip and incredibly fast and smooth skiing throughout the venue. While he skied a similar line to Rausis with an impressive backflip, Kristofer Turdell (Sweden - 3rd Place) was unable to keep his riding tight enough to place higher.

Ivan Malakhov. Photo by Dom Daher / Freeride World Tour

“It's my first win on the FWT! I changed my line last minute and I'm so stoked it worked out well!” says Ivan Malakhov.

Yann Rausis (2nd), Ivan Malakhov (1st). Photo by Dom Daher / Freeride World Tour

Ski Men's Results

1) Ivan Malakhov
2) Yann Rausis
3) Kristofer Turdell
4) Logan Pehota
5) Trace Cooke
6) Markus Eder
7) Loic Collomb-Patton
8) Grifen Moller
9) Reine Barkered
10) Yu Sasaki
11) Felix Wiemers
12) Ryan Faye
13) Aymar Navarro Combalie
14) Sam Lee
15) Taisuke Kusunoki
16) Conor Pelton
17) Mickael Bimboes
18) Craig Murray
19) Stefan Hausi
20) George Rodney
21) Berkeley Patterson
22) Fabio Studer
24) Drew Tabke
24) Leo Slemett
24) Carl Regnér Eriksson

Arianna Tricomi (Italy - 1st Place) turned up the heat with a series of clean airs linked by the solid technique she is known for. Putting on the pressure with an impressive double air and full-throttle skiing, Hazel Josie Birnbaum (USA - 2nd Place) took the second spot on the podium. Eva Walkner (Austria - 3rd Place) skied a creative line with a side-hit feature, rounding out the category.

Arianna Tricomi. Photo by Dom Daher / Freeride World Tour

“I had a lot of fun riding down, it went well for me, I won!,” says Arianna Tricomi.

Hazel Birnbaum (2nd), Arianna Tricomi (1st), Eva Walkner (3rd). Photo by Dom Daher / Freeride World Tour

Ski Women's Results

1) Arianna Tricomi
2) Hazel Birnbaum
3) Eva Walkner
4) Elisabeth Gerritzen
5) Jaclyn Paso
6) Lorrain Huber
7) Rachel Croft
8) Kylie Sivell

After two days of spectacular riding, the 2018 season is officially underway! Be sure to follow the latest competition and rider news at and on FWT’s social media channels as we approach the European leg of the tour, starting with Vallnord-Arcalis, Andorra on March 1st - 7th!

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