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Revelstoke Mountain Resort to host Freeride World Tour Qualifier

The competition will happen on the North Bowl at the resort
The North Bowl at Revelstoke Mountain Resort. (Tom Poole/Revelstoke Mountain Resort)

Revelstoke Mountain Resort (RMR) will host the International Free Skiers Association (IFSA) sanctioned Freeride World Tour (FWT) qualifying four-star event later in January.

The IFSA was founded in 1996 by Shane McConkey, who was a legend in the freeskiing world. The organization sanctions big mountain events in North and South America. The Freeride World Tour is an international competition series with various levels. The qualifier event scheduled for Jan. 25 in Revelstoke is part of the third level of FWT’s competition pyramid, offering competitors a chance to earn their spot in the ‘Challenger’, which gives riders the opportunity to compete to join the international pro tour.

RMR’s event will be happening in the North Bowl on the resort, starting at 10 a.m.

The riders will be judged based on a few criteria, including line, control, technique, fluidity, and air and style. Judges give competitors a score between 1–100, which determines the riders’ placement in the pack of athletes.

Up for grabs in Revelstoke are competition points for the FWT, but competitors will also be vying for $10,000 in prize money.

Those looking to watch the event can do so from the top of the Ripper chair, which has a view of the North Bowl. If, like last year, the weather doesn’t cooperate and allows clear visibility for spectators and judges, the backup competition date will be the following day, Jan. 26.

The event will culminate with an award ceremony at 5 p.m. in the Paul Mair plaza.

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