The Freeride World Tour (FWT) has revealed the schedules for both the FWT Qualifier and FWT Junior, which now include more competitions and exciting new locations. 50 Qualifier and 42 Junior events—with more to be confirmed—will make up Region 1 alone, featuring some of the best freeride venues across the globe. The future talent of the sport will be on display, and each event offers a chance to gain valuable points towards making the FWT Challenger Series (stay tuned for the calendar, which will be announced soon) and, ultimately, the 2025 FWT.
A Global Distribution
The FWT has long been proud of offering events worldwide, and new stops in China and Kazakhstan continue this ethos. Not only will these competitions provide further opportunities to score points, but they will also likely uncover fresh freeride talent in the regions. More importantly, they will serve as a huge promotion of the sport, creating interest to feed the future of freeriding in these highly populated countries. As always, action will be non-stop in North America, with the IFSA organizing competitions in Region 2.
The Freeride Fanatical Spanish Pyrenees
Three events have been announced in Baqueira Beret, Spain—including two Junior and one Qualifier—following the great success of the FWT competitions in recent years. Freeriding has become incredibly popular in the Spanish Pyrenees, owing to the epic terrain in the region, and this strong demand has been recognized by organizers, resulting in extra competitions across the country. As a strong signal for the movement, the Spanish National Federation has recognized freeriding as an official discipline, which will result in increased opportunities and support for aspiring athletes.
After the great success of last year's Verbier Freeride Week, the format will also be introduced in Bruson this winter. Verbier Freeride Week (from January 6th -14th) will hold one Junior and two Qualifier events, offering a wealth of opportunities for young riders to test their skills in the big mountains. This season will also see the return of a girls-only competition—the Freerid’Her—in both the Junior and Qualifier Series. Admission is open to all girls ready to take the leap into competition and will help to promote diversity in the sport. And the Bruson Freeride Week, established after the big turnout of last year’s competitions in Bruson, will take place on February 17th - 25th and feature 3 Qualifiers and 1 Junior events.
The stoke for winter keeps building with this fresh announcement, coinciding with plummeting temperatures across the Northern Hemisphere. This winter will offer copious opportunities for athletes across all formats, which will continue to transpire with even more events still to be announced. Registration for athletes across all formats opens on November 1st.
Check out the full Qualifier Calendar and Junior Calendar.
For all freeride followers, stay tuned to the FWT’s social media channels (@freeriderideworldtour) and freerideworldtour.com for more info, and subscribe to the FWT Qualifier & Junior Newsletter to keep pace with the latest news as it drops, including the announcement of the highly anticipated FWT Challenger calendar.