Monday Oct 18, 2010


Photo courtesy of / Dom Daher

The best freeriders on the planet are already gearing up for their shot at the prestigious Freeride World Tour 2011 title and more than $250,000 USD in prize money on the new six-stop international tour.

Reigning World Champions Candide Thovex, FRA (men’s ski), Ane Enderud, NOR (women’s ski), Xavier de Le Rue, FRA (men’s snowboard), and Aline Bock GER (women’s snowboard) will be back on the 2011 tour to defend their title against an international field of skiers and snowboarders that are all hungry for the world’s ultimate freeride title.

Men’s Ski

The Freeride World Tour 2010 was one of the most exciting editions of FWT history with the final crown being won in a close competition by French skiing icon Candide Thovex in his rookie year on the tour. The 2011 Tour will be even more competitive with 2008 World Champion and 2010 third-place finisher Henrik Windstedt (SWE), more committed than ever, and 2009 winner Aurélien Ducroz, from Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, in France, hungry to regain his title, starting off the season in his home town.

Men’s Snowboard

Will 3-time Freeride World Tour Champion Xavier de Le Rue from France continue to dominate or will this year’s remarkable lineup of wild cards Flo Orley (AUT), Martin Cernik (CZE), James Stentiford (UK) and Andy Finch (USA) be able to knock him off his throne? The man who many believe is unbeatable, Xavier de Le Rue, says bring it on: “Every year since the beginning I've been impressed by the way the tour has continually improved year after year. Where will it go this year? Can't wait to find out!”

Women’s Ski

The women’s events have been expanded to include three Freeride World Tour events; Chamonix, Kirkwood and Verbier, and three 4-star Freeride World Qualifier events. This new format will open the competition to many more of the growing number of outstanding women freeriders and will result in increased media focus, spotlighting what is sure to be a very exciting women’s tour.

The importance of the women’s title is explained by Women’s Freeride World Champion 2010, Ane Enderud from Norway, “Winning the Freeride World Tour for both years that I have competed on it has changed my life for sure. Going into my third season on the tour and wanting to defend my title is definitely a challenge but challenge can be fun! My main mission is to be physically and mentally strong, to be healthy and enjoy life. If I’m healthy and focused I believe I can do whatever I want and that includes winning the tour again.”

Women’s Snowboard

In women’s snowboard, the new schedule including six main events will now open the race for the final overall title to a wider group of riders. Women’s Snowboarding Freeride World Tour 2010 Champion Aline Bock from Germany states, “I’ve competed in the last two seasons in the Freeride World Tour and I am more than happy to have finished the 2010 season as Freeride World Champion. Of course, I will try to defend the title in 2011 again. The level of women’s freeriding has risen over the past few seasons and I would really like to push it as far as it goes in the FWT 2011 competitions.”



Ski Men

12 riders qualified from FWT Ranking 2010:

Candide Thovex (FRA)
Henrik Windstedt (SWE)
Aurélien Ducroz (FRA)
Julien Lopez (FRA)
Tim Dutton (USA)
Reine Barkered (SWE)
Sverre Liliequist (SWE)
Adrien Coirier (FRA)
Sebastian Hannemann (GER)
Stefan Hausl (AUT)
Seb Michaud (FRA)
Matthias Haunholder (AUT)

3 riders qualified from FWQ Ranking 2010:

Jérémy Prevost (FRA)
Mathieu Imbert (FRA)
Sam Smoothy (NZL) 

Wild Cards – all season:

Jérémie Heitz (SUI)
Samuel Anthammaten (SUI)
JT Holmes (USA)
Torgrim Vole (NOR)

 Event wild cards for the Nissan Freeride de Chamonix-Mont-Blanc 2011 by Swatch: TBA

Ski Women

5 riders qualified from FWT Ranking 2010:

Ane Enderud (NOR)
Jess McMillan (USA)
Jaclyn Paaso (USA)
Eva Walkner (AUT)
Janina Kuzma (NZL)

2 riders qualified from FWQ Ranking 2010:

Pia Widmesser (GER)
Janette Hargin (SWE)

Wild Cards – all season:

Marja Persson (SWE)

Event wild cards for the Nissan Freeride de Chamonix-Mont-Blanc 2011 by Swatch: 1st , 2nd and 3rd place of La Clusaz Radikal Mountain 2011 (FRA)

Snowboard Men

6 riders qualified from FWT Ranking 2010:

Xavier de Le Rue (FRA)
Mitch Toelderer (AUT)
Matt Annetts (USA)
Douds Charlet (FRA
Gennady Khryachkov (RUS)
Aurélien Routens (FRA)

2 riders qualified from FWQ Ranking 2010:

Max Zipser (AUT)
Raphael Bullet (SUI)

Wild Cards – all season:

Martin Cernik (CZE)
Andy Finch (USA)
James Stentiford (UK)
Flo Örley (AUT) 

Event wild cards for the Nissan Freeride de Chamonix-Mont-Blanc 2011 by Swatch: TBA

Snowboard Women

3 riders qualified from FWT Ranking 2010:

Aline Bock (GER)
Susan Mol (USA)
Nathalie Zenklusen (SUI) 

1 rider qualified from FWQ Ranking 2010:

Vivian Aasen (NOR)

Event wild cards for the Nissan Freeride de Chamonix-Mont-Blanc 2011 by Swatch: 1st , 2nd and 3rd place of La Clusaz Radikal Mountain 2011 (FRA)     

The Freeride World Tour 2011 six stages:

1. Nissan Freeride de Chamonix-Mont-Blanc 2011 by Swatch (FRA) Date: 22 January 2011 - Men / Women - Ski / Snowboard

2. Nissan Freeride Engadin St. Moritz 2011 by Swatch (SUI) Date: 29 January 2011 - Men - Ski / Snowboard

3. North American Championships Kirkwood 2011 by Swatch (USA) Date: 26 February 2011 - Men / Women - Ski

North Face Masters Kirkwood 2011 by Swatch (USA)  Date: 5 March 2011 - Women - Snowboard

4. Nissan Russian Adventure Sochi 2011 (RUS) Date: 5 March 2011 - Men - Ski / Snowboard

5. Big Mountain Fieberbrunn 2011 by Nissan (AUT) Date: 12 March 2011 - Men - Ski / Snowboard

6. Nissan Xtreme Verbier 2011 by Swatch (SUI) Date: 19 March 2011 (Finals) - Men / Women - Ski / Snowboard

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