World Tour Day 2 FINALS (Jan 10)
The comp went off! After the on and off again weather played havoc on the event organizers, a very skilled heli pilot managed to get the competitors up on the LZ (landing zone) that everyone wanted. Some competitors had pretty flat light but the snow made up for it. There were no injuries and most of the athletes slayed the venue.
Full Results posted at the bottom of this thread.
Check out pics from the comp on the link below.
World Tour Day 1 (Jan 8)
The first real day of the Freeride World Tour went off in Revelstoke today with basically all of the competitors skiing strong lines. The event went down in North Bowl, which is one of the raddest venues we've ever seen in a comp. The judges were forced with some very difficult line score combinations because they weren't just picking the top line in the zone, but the best line in one of the 4 or five big zones. According to judge Eric Schmitz the venue reminds him of Crested Butte, which is basically where freeskiing competition was born. Matty Richard, who was on hand to watch the event said the venue reminded him of the "Bite in Whistler on steroids." Perhaps the coolest part of the venue is that out of the top 20 males who made the cut, there were several different lines chosen that were no where near each other. This added to the diversity of the venue.
Freeskiing is not without risk and Revelstoke Mountain Resort is going for it too by making a helicopter accessed final tomorrow on Mt. Mckenzie (or Sunday depending on weather). This promises to be a fully sick display as some of the top skiers out there will get a chance to shred untouched lines on a serious face. Skiing the finals on these heli accessed lines was always the plan and it brings with it some serious consequences. The dilemma of the logistics of getting many competitors on a heli-accessed knife edge ridge and the complications of getting enough good weather to run them all meant that the cuts had to be deep to the field of competitors today. Many skiers with solid runs did not make the 27 person final (7 women and 20 men).
Stay tuned for the live broadcast because it's going to be sick.
Qualifier Day (Jan 7)
It was a busy day on Seperate Reality as 17 women and 72 men took their best shot at skiing their way into the actual world tour event, which will be held tomorrow and Saturday. The comp went off without a hitch and there were no serious injuries and or delays. Locals from Revelstoke were among the top finishers and Aaron Young from Revelstoke took the highest score of the day.
It was a tight scoring affair and the slightest bobble or hand plant meant the difference between making the cut and watching from the sidelines.
Here's the score sheet and placement list. more photos and video to come.
Qualifier Photos by Ralphie
Inspection Day Jan 6
We rolled into Revy on a beautiful blue sky day with stellar views as did most of the freeride tribe here for the comp. There was some confusion with the athletes as to what the venue for the qualifiers was to be. Many of them spent the day scoping lines in North Bowl, but a decision to change the venue to Seperate Reality was made halfway through the day, due to the projections of incoming bad weather.
The vibe among the athletes was high as everyone packed into a room at the day lodge for a meeting from comp and RMR staff. There hasn't been a world tour event in Canada in several years and many are glad to have it return. The staff at RMR is pretty psyched and there's a lot of effort going in to making the event smooth.
The welcome party at the Rockford at the base of the lift was a fun time with a lot of friends in the room. The Rossignol and Dynastar team is also here shooting video/photos and it was good to see them.
It appears the qualifiers will not be streamed live but you can check back to this story for some day 1 video, we hope to post tonight.