Following a summer of passionate work and preparation, Freeride World Tour is proud to unveil the calendar for FWT 2022! With world-class destinations spanning five countries, an exciting new tour stop, plus progressive Tour format updates, FWT 2022 promises to reach new heights of freeride action, with the best riders on the best mountains.
Check out the calendar for FWT 2022!
Freeride finds a fantastic new home in 2022, with Baqueira Beret, Spain hosting the first event of the season. Located in the spectacular Val d’Aran in the Spanish Pyrenees, Baqueira Beret boasts a world-class resort, vast alpine terrain and copious snowfall, making it an ideal destination for the Freeride World Tour.
Following the inaugural event at Baqueira Beret, the Tour returns to perennial Pyrenean freeride mecca of Ordino Arcalís, Andorra, before crossing the Atlantic for a triumphant return to Kicking Horse Golden BC, Canada. And this is where things get even more exciting.
Key changes have been made to the 2022 Tour format designed to push athletic performance and enhance the overall viewing experience. First, The Cut will now follow the third stop of the Tour (instead of the fourth). After Kicking Horse, a cut will be made to the field based on riders’ top two results, with the top 26 riders (12 ski men, 5 ski women, 5 snowboard men, 4 snowboard women) qualified to the final two events of the year: The FWT Finals.
The first Finals event at Fieberbrunn will feature a revolutionary best-of-two-runs format. Each rider will have two runs, with only their top score counting towards the final results. Freeride is traditionally a one-run sport, and this format update is certain to push the riding to stratospheric, never-before-seen heights. Also fueling performance is the redesigned Tour point system, with both FWT Finals events awarding increased points towards the overall Tour ranking (12,500 points for 1st place instead of 10,000). Expect riders to deliver even bolder performances through the home stretch of the season, in particular when they face off on the most legendary venue of all, Verbier’s Bec des Rosses.
So here we go. Let the snow fall and let winter begin. It's going to be an exciting season!