The Freeskiing World Tour is the longest standing freeskiing competition in the world. Heading into its 13th year, the tour starts today in El Colorado, Chile: the first of seven total stops. Competitors will hit the slopes from August 17 through 21, and then head to Las Lenas, Argentina from August 25 to 28.
Each skier has the opportunity to win 50 points per run. Scoring is based on line selection, technique, control, aggressiveness, and fluidity. “Skiers that will do really well are the kids that are doing grabs off of cliffs, and spinning off of natural features,” said Bryan Barlow, Winter Sports Director and Project Manager at Mountain Sports International. Although they aren’t required to participate at each stop, the top competitors historically have competed at nearly every stop, racking up points along the way.
Organizers of the event chose to add Las Lenas to the tour because of the great natural features at the resort. There are currently seven stops on the North and South American tours: six competitions and one qualifier. The goal is to be on the forefront of spreading freeskiing popularity in Latin America. There is also talk of expanding the tour to Europe in the future.
Other stops on this year’s tour include Revelstoke, British Columbia, which is known for it’s reliable snowpack, and Crested Butte, Colorado, where the tour began. Skiers can also compete at Snowbird, Utah, where 500 inches of reliable dry snow falls each year, and Kirkwood, California: home of long, exciting runs and a true “north face” skiing experience.
Keep an eye out for Connery Lundin, Johnny Collingson, and Janina Kuzma. You may not know their names (yet), but they’re all set to dominate the tour this coming season. The tour prides itself on being a “proving ground” for young freeskiers to start their careers. “You get more exposure now from the tour than you do from going into the movies,” Barlow said.
Each stop will be broadcast on their website all tour long, with some live coverage.