During a time of so much uncertainty, The Freeride World Tour (FWT) has completed undoubtedly one of the toughest seasons yet, adhering to the stringent COVID-19 restrictions and adjusting to the challenging conditions ranging from bare faces to deep powder and everything in between—even a dusting of Saharan sand, all while keeping the freeride torch burning bright and continuing the sport’s meteoric rise to new heights.
The FWT would like to thank everyone involved in helping showcase this unique sport. First and foremost, the incredible athletes for their commitment and relentless passion for freeriding. This year saw an amazing progression in all categories, with rookies and legends pushing and inviting each other to go bigger, faster and trickier. Secondly, all the FWT partners who continue their unyielding support and ongoing involvement to make the competitions happen. And finally, to all the writers, journalists and content creators who help share the freeriding passion with the world.
Here’s to the FWT21 season. And here’s what happened in numbers:
4 Competitions and 3 Destinations:
• Stop #1 & #2: Ordino Arcalís, Andorra
• Stop #3 & The Cut: Fieberbrunn, Austria
• Stop #4 & The Grande Finale: Xtreme Verbier
3 Month season condensed to 2 Months
58 Athletes: 24 qualified for Xtreme Verbier 2021 and FWT22
60 Staff Onsite: mountain operations, marketing, communications & production, logistics & transport, mountain guides & safety, doctors, photographers, and local organisers
A Record-Breaking Year in the women’s categories. We saw the ladies send backflips, 360s, big cliffs and occasional tomahawks (while trying something extraordinary). The undisputed queen of freeride emerged, with another queen potentially in the making:
• Marion Haerty: now a 4x World Champion – unprecedented achievement in any category
• Marion Haerty: completed the “perfect game” with 4 wins from 4 competitions – again, this has never been achieved in any category
• Elisabeth Gerritzen: claimed her second win at the Xtreme Verbier – a first time achievement in the ski women category
1485 Covid Tests, with 0 Positive Results
Another memorable chapter of the FWT book draws to a close. Stay tuned to freerideworldtour.com and the FWT’s social media channels (@freerideworldtour) for all the off-season news, as the countdown to FWT22 begins.