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The Freeride World Tour is Starting in Japan

In Hakuba, in the Nagano prefecture, the Freeride World Tour will have its premiere in Asia on January 13, 2017. The freeriders will be guests in Asia for the first time, and want to use it to push the sport.

Freeriding in Japan: A major advantage of the skiing region is its guaranteed snow.
Freeriding in Japan: A major advantage of the skiing region is its guaranteed snow.

First, the Freeride World Tour is planning a qualifying race, a Freeride World Qualifier (FWQ). Management revealed in a press conference that they wanted to use the optimal snow conditions in the Japanese alps, which are already prevalent at the beginning of the season. 

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“A milestone for the Freeride World Tour”

Freeriding is continuing to grow in popularity in Asia, but there are still yet to be any professional competitions. Japanese and international athletes will be able to qualify for the 4-star FWQ event at a 2-star FWQ event on January 11. 

“The partnership with Hakuba is one of the most important milestones in the history of the Freeride World Tour. Hakuba offers an incredibly versatile countryside with outstanding snow conditions, a winter sports culture that’s more than a hundred years old, and a unique hospitality,” said CEO of FWT Management S.A., Nicolas Hale-Woods.

Read an interview with FWT boss Nicolas Hale-Woods here.

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