Freeride World Tour is off to a flying start and it’s only going to get rowdier!
The Freeride World Tour is famed for pushing the envelope of what is possible on some of the world’s best known and most intimidating faces. Digital Editor Joe is pleased to report that after the opening round of the 2019 season, it’s business as usual.
Japan is known for its deep, light snow and lift-accessible terrain, but the face chosen for the Hakuba stop of the tour is an altogether more intimidating beast. After a successful 4* trail event as part of the feeder series, The Freeride World Tour Qualifiers back in 2017 the first fully fledged 5* event was scheduled for January 2018.
Unfortunately, ‘Japanuary’ lived up to its reputation a little too well as the event was stormed out. The Pacific weather gods delivered more snow than was required or safe, with the competition face staying untracked by competition riders for 2018. Redemption was certainly the name of the game this year in Hakuba, the resort hosting a field stacked with the best male and female skiers and snowboarders eager to show how hard they had been training in the offseason.