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2022 season: schedule, riders and new rules

Freeride World Tour: All information about the new season

The Freeride World Tour kicks off the 2022 season on January 22 in Spain, with the world's best freeriders and snowboarders competing in five events. Here you can find the information with all dates, the starting field and partners of the FWT 2022.

Find all info on the Freeride World Tour 2022 here

46 athletes are competing on skis and snowboards on the Freeride World Tour in Europe and Canada for the title as the world's best freerider.

With Kristoffer Turdell (men's ski), Victor De Le Rue (men's snowboard), Elisabeth Gerritzen (women's ski) and serial winner Marion Haerty (France), all the defending champions are also back on the grid.

Race calendar: 5 events in Europe and Canada

The 2022 season will take place from late January to early April 2022. After the past season could only be held in Europe, the Freeride World Tour 2022 returns to Canada. The season will close in Verbier, Switzerland. All competitions will be broadcast on www.freerideworldtour.com.

The events at a glance: 

DateLocationCountry
01/22/2022 - 01/28/2022Baqueira BeretSpain
01/30/2022 - 02/05/2022Ordino-ArcalísAndorra
02/12/2022 - 02/17/2022Kicking Horse Golden BCCanada
03/15/2022 - 03/20/2022Saalbach FiederbrunnAustria
03/26/2022 - 04/03/2022VerbierSwitzerland

The new format: Cut after third event, then two final events

New in the 2022 season is the format of the two final events: After the third stop in Canada, there will be a cut: only the best 26 riders (12 male skiers, 5 female skiers, 5 male snowboarders, 4 female snowboarders) will qualify for the last two season events, the FWT Finals. The two best results of each participant will be taken into account.

In Fiederbrunn, Austria, all remaining participants will have two runs, of which only the best will be included in the ranking.

In addition, there are more points to be gained in the last two events: The first-place finishers will receive 12,500 points instead of 10,000.

All riders at a glance

Men's ski:

Here the Swede Kristoffer Turdell is the defending champion. But with Isaac Freeland (USA, champion 2020) and Leo Slemett (France, champion 2017), two other former overall winners are also in the mix.

NameCountry
Abel MogaSpain
Andrew PollardUSA
Aymar NavarroSpain
Blake MarshallNew Zealand
Carl Regnér ErikssonSweden
Cooper BathgateCanada
Craig MurrayNew Zealand
Grifen MollerUSA
Hank BilousNew Zealand
Isaac FreelandUSA
Jack NicholsUSA
Kevin NicholsUSA
Kristoffer TurdellSweden
Leo SlemettFrance
Maxime ChablozSwitzerland
Mael OllivierFrance
Reine BarkeredSweden
Ross TesterUSA
Valentin RainerAustria
Wadeck GorakFrance
Yu SasakiJapan

Women's ski:

Here, too, the reigning winner, Elisabeth Gerritzen from Switzerland, is back. She ended the domination of Italy's Arianna Tricomi in 2021 after three titles in a row. Tricomi will also be back again in 2022.

NameCountry
Alexis DupontUSA
Arianna TricomiItaly
Elisabeth GerritzenSwitzerland
Hedvig WesselNorway
Jacqueline PollardUSA
Jessica HotterNew Zealand
Juliette WillmannFrance
Lily BradleyUSA
Olivia McNeillCanada
Sybille BlanjeanSwitzerland
Tracy ChubbUSA
Zuzanna WitychPoland

Men's snowboard

Defending champion Victor De Le Rue of France could win the Freeride World Tour title for the third time in 2022, following in the footsteps of his big brother Xavier, who won the competition three times from 2008 to 2010.

NameCountry
Blake MollerUSA
Camille ArmandFrance
Cody BramwellUK
Ludovic Guillot-DiatFrance
Mathieu MartineauCanada
Michael MawnUSA
Victor De Le RueFrance

Women snowboard:

Marion Haerty is the snowboard queen of the Freeride World Tour. Most recently, she won the title three times in a row, becoming snowboard champion four times in total. Only Austria's Manuela Mandl was able to break the streak in 2018. Mandl will also be back in 2022.

NameCountry
Claire McGregorNew Zealand
Erika VikanderUSA
Katie AndersonCanada
Manuela MandlAustria
Marion HaertyFrance
Tiphanie PerrotinFrance

Partners of the Freeride World Tour

With YETI, Crazy and Guru, the Freeride World Tour has gained three new partners for the 2022 season. “Freeride World Tour is proud to welcome Guru, Yeti and Crazy in the family of FWT partners. Together, we will strive to optimize our riders and audience’s experience"said Nicolas Hale-Woods, Freeride World Tour CEO. "We are also particularly happy to renew our partnerships with Alpina Watches and Vibram. I would like to thank all our partners for their trust, which, despite challenging times, enables us to grow the sport in the long-term.”

All partner 2022 at a glance:

  • Alpina
  • Audi
  • Black Diamond
  • Crazy
  • Dynastar
  • Guru
  • Lange
  • Peak Performance
  • Recco
  • SunGod
  • Vibram
  • YETI
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