After two explosive events in the Pyrenees, the Freeride World Tour (FWT) is heading across the Atlantic to the freeride haven of Kicking Horse Mountain Resort in Golden, B.C. from February 17th - 22nd, where athletes will have their final chance to lock in points before The Cut. The event was postponed a month due to mediocre early season snow, but now the Canadian Rockies are ready with epic conditions awaiting the world’s best freeriders.

So far this season, riders in every category have shown the world why they are the best of the best, pushing the limits and each other to new extremes. The ski men’s category is extremely tight, with reigning FWT World Champion, Maxime Chabloz (SUI), sitting on top just 80 points ahead of rookie Max Hitzig (GER). Ludovic Guillot-Diat (FRA) and Molly Armanino (USA) in the snowboard men’s and ski women’s categories, respectively, have narrow leads over the rest of the field, while Katie Anderson (CAN) in snowboard women division is sitting comfortably ahead after two spectacular wins.

Kicking Horse Mountain Resort. Photo by Brian Coles / Freeride World Tour

The Cut is surely on every athlete’s mind, especially those currently outside of the top bracket. Only the best in each category will advance to the FWT Finals in Fieberbrunn, Austria and Verbier, Switzerland and have a chance at the coveted crown. Can the current leaders hold off the rest of the field—and their nerves—and build a lead going into the FWT Finals? Or will we see an underdog stake their claim for a shot at the title? One thing’s for sure, everyone in this talented field has what it takes to stand on the podium, making this event a must-watch!

Sybille Blanjean. Photo by Dom Daher / Freeride World Tour

Stop number three of the 2023 FWT is imminent, with the pressure running high for athletes needing points to make The Cut. Be sure to watch the event live at with in-depth coverage and instant replays, and stay tuned to the FWT’s social channels (@freerideworldtour) for all the latest news as it drops.

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