Due to high avalanche danger on the Mac Daddy backcountry venue, organizers of the Swatch Freeride World Tour By The North Face® (FWT) have cancelled the competition scheduled to take place outside of Revelstoke Mountain Resort.
Forecasts do not suggest weather patterns will create suitable competition conditions within the designated weather window, March 10-15, 2014. As a result the competition will not be moved to an alternate venue or date. Great spring skiing conditions exist in the resort boundary but do not meet terrain criteria for Freeride World Tour venues.
The fifth stop cancellation has caused a slight adjustment to the Verbier qualification structure. For women, the top two of three event results will determine qualification. For men, the best three of four results will be used to determine qualification. Organizers have also decided to split the total $63,500-prize purse evenly between all riders who had planned to compete at the event.
“Revelstoke Mountain Resort supports the decision by the Swatch Freeride World Tour by The North Face event organizers to cancel the event,” reported Ashley Tait, Director of Sales and Marketing at the resort. “While the in-bound skiing at the resort is excellent, the existing avalanche conditions are wide-spread across the backcountry in western North America. Safety for the athletes and staff involved in the event continue to be a top priority.”
The SWATCH FREERIDE WORLD TOUR BY THE NORTH FACE® will continue to the Xtreme Verbier final championships in Switzerland on March 22 where the 2014 champions will be crowned.
“Our staff and management are committed to doing everything possible to put on world-class freeride competitions,” explained FWT Americas Event Director Bryan Barlow. “However, this is an example of how tough decisions must be made in favor of athlete and staff safety. Fans, staff and athletes all love the venue at Revelstoke. We look forward to many future competitions here.”
For more information on the SWATCH FREERIDE WORLD TOUR BY THE NORTH FACE® and Freeride World Qualifier events, please visit www.freerideworldtour.com.
Photo courtesy of the Revelstoke and the Freeride Tour.
SnowOnline Editor: Lori Knowles