The Freeride World Tour [FWT] has just announced its 2023 Calendar, and it promises to be as epic as ever. The world’s best athletes return for the 16th version of this iconic series, ready to push the limits of what’s possible in the high mountains in their quest for the sport’s ultimate prize.
Five stops in five different countries
This year’s schedule boasts five stops in five different countries, with two finals events and a two-run format in Fieberbrunn, where riders’ top score will count towards their result. To up the pressure even more, and to reward those with the nerves – and legs – of steel, 12,500 points for first place (instead of 10,000) will again be up for grabs in the FWT finals events. Who can tame Verbier’s Bec des Rosses and Fieberbrunn’s Wildseeloder to maximize their chance of being crowned the champ? Time will tell. Until then, here’s a list of the five chosen resorts for the FWT23:
1. Kicking Horse Golden BC, Canada: January 13-18, 2023
2. Baqueira Beret, Spain: January 28 – February 2, 2023
3. Ordino Arcalís, Andorra: February 4-9, 2023
4. Fieberbrunn, Austria: March 11-17, 2023
5. Xtreme Verbier Switzerland: March 25 – April 2, 2023
Once again, the FWT save the best until last…. The Grand Finale returns to the undisputed home of freeride, the Bec des Rosses at Verbier, Switzerland. Unrideable to most mere mortals, athletes not only tame this beast year after year, but turn it into their playground, consistently combining new line variations with death-defying stunts.
Just how gnarly is the north face of the Bec des Rosses mountain? Click on the image below for an animated analysis of the features and lines of the legendary peak shows how it makes black diamonds look like bunny hills
Be there, see it live!
The Xtreme Verbier Grand Finale kicks off on Saturday 25-March-2023, lasting for 7 days. Although I’m sure you can ‘tame’ the Bec de Rosses Mountain, if you really wanted to, but why not sit back, relax ,and enjoy watching this world famous event from the stands with a nice cold beer in your hand? Bring friends and family to Verbier, from Sunday 26-March-2023 until Sunday 02-April-2023, and watch the Xtreme Verbier live! Better still, make a week of it and enjoy 410km of pristine skiing yourself, before retiring to the comfort of your own luxury catered chalet. After all, watching the world’s best athlete hurtle down a mountain is hard work… so let us look after you!