four days of very snowy British Columbia, Canada weather, the SWATCH
Tour by The North Face 2013 (FWT) officially announces the competition
day on Mackenzie Peak’s “Mac Daddy” face Friday, January 11, 2013.
The exciting first stop of the global big mountain
freeriding competition can be witnessed from anywhere in the world via the live
webcast available here at www.neverstopexploring.com and www.freerideworldtour.com. Friday’s competition day will start at 9:00am PST and
will begin with the men’s snowboarding, and then men’s freeskiing runs. The competition day will continue with
women’s snowboarding and finally women’s freeskiing.
"We anticipated Revelstoke
would likely provide snowy weather and prepared ourselves for the storms and
challenges they bring to the competition. After recent heavy snowfall, this
year in particular is setting up to be some of the best conditions we have ever
experienced on the FWT,” stated FWT Americas Competition Director Bryan Barlow.
“Going to the end of our weather window is not a surprise, but is going to be
well worth the wait for this first competition of the 2013 Freeride World
Mountain Resort has received nearly three feet of snow in the past seven days
and the snow continues to fall. A
cold, dry, high-pressure system has been forecasted for the Revelstoke area
starting today (Thurs. Jan. 10), which will make for optimal safe snow
conditions and ideal visibility for the day of competition.
The excitement for the first stop of the 2013 FWT is
also felt among the athletes.
“I’m really looking forward to this season. With lots of new
riders and great events, I’m sure it will be bigger than ever. The kick-off in
Revelstoke is going to be great. A mountain like that is the perfect place for
a freeride competition. I’m just glad to be a part of it and no matter what,
I’m going to enjoy the show,” remarked defending FWT 2012 Men’s Freesking
Champion, Reine Barkered of Sweden.
In its first year of a truly globalized competition structure,
The Freeride World Tour is designed to allow the world’s best big mountain
freeride athletes to advance their competition careers and achievements. Revelstoke
Mountain Resort and the “Mac Daddy” are ideal locations for the first
stop of the 2013 FWT with remote, steep, and exposed backcountry terrain,
allowing for an exciting and unique North American freeriding venue.
The Freeride World Tour is the premier big mountain
Freeskiing and snowboarding tour in the world, featuring the sport’s top
athletes competing on the biggest mountain resort venues. Riders compete one at
a time and receive an overall score from a judging panel based on numerous
categories including line difficulty, control, fluidity, technique and style. The event features natural terrain
features found on the most exciting format possible. A start gate is positioned
at the summit with a finish gate at the bottom. The best complete runs win. The
sport is similar in context to big-wave surfing with skiers and snowboarders choosing
impossible-looking lines through cornices and cliff-faces and couloirs. Competition
runs are enhanced with progressive big jumps and mach-speed turns at an
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The SWATCH Freeride World Tour by The North Face continues its competition schedule in Courmayeur-Mont-Blanc, Italy on January 19th (Men's Ski and Snowboard), Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, France on January 26th (Men's and Women's Ski and Snowboard), Kirkwood, California, USA on February 27th (Men's and Women's Ski and Snowboard), Fieberbrunn Pillerseetal, Austria on March 9th (Men's and Women's Ski and Snowboard), and concludes in Verbier, Switzerland on March 23rd (Men's and Women's Ski and Snowboard).
Mountain Resort is a four-season destination resort located in the
Columbia Mountains of British Columbia just minutes from the town of
Revelstoke. Revelstoke is located 200 kilometers (124 miles) north east
of Kelowna and 413 kilometers (257 miles) west of Calgary. RMR is North
America’s most significant resort development in over a quarter century.