The Freeride World Tour continues to be influenced by rookies
Originally Printed in POWDER Magizine - March 01, 2016 By Abbie Barronian
Marquee Image: Logan Pehota is just 20 years old, but he’s already making an impact on the big stage, currently ranked first overall on the Freeride World Tour. Photo: Dom Daher
During his first run on the 2015 Freeride World Tour, 21-year-old George Rodney launched a 100-foot backflip to his head. He was a rookie, after all, and this was his first stop on the tour. Multiple helicopters filmed his run from all angles, and he was competing against seasoned veterans, some of whom had competed on the FWT longer than he’d had a driver’s license. Excitable, young, talented, and a little inexperienced, he wanted to make an impression.
by Peter Noon
After a 20-hour drive, the Western Freeride Team arrived at Red Mountain, British Columbia for the first stop of the Collegiate Freeride Series. In contrast to the generally thin snowpack in Colorado, the team was welcomed with deep powder, full coverage, and ultimately one of the best starts to a freeride trip ever! Many members of the team are either returning for another season at Western or freshman that are moving up from the junior ranks.
Difficult weather prevented the snow on the competition face from coming into safe rideable condition.
Grandvalira, Andorra – Thursday, January 28, 2016 – After two days of perfect spring snow conditions, a chilly breeze combined with high clouds and an obscured sun were present this morning on the Tossa de Caraup face in Grandvalira, Andorra – the site of the 2016 edition of the FJWC. The fifty-nine young riders representing fifteen countries remained positive as forerunners Loïc Collomb-Patton (FRA) and Joaquin Vena (ARG) descended very hard snow which was not able to sufficiently soften due to the high clouds and breezy conditions on the face.
The second edition of the Freeride Junior World Championships (FJWC) in Grandvalira, Andorra is dropping in just 2 days! Join us in the Pyrenees mountains for the most important event in Junior Freeride.
THURSDAY 1/28/16 - Event Weather Delay - Stay Tuned for Details
by Mason Strehl, Influit Media
The IFSA Snowbird national was bound to be epic from the start. With large storms coming in from the west and athletes coming from all over – Tahoe, Jackson, the PNW, Park City and Salt Lake City – the stage was set for good competition. The terrain was ripe for competition as well, with the first and second day qualifiers on a brand new venue Mid-Cirque, and finals on the well-tested and vetted Silver Fox.
by Travis Poulin
With the help of industry partners, the IFSA renewed its commitment to athlete education with the kick-off of IFSA Avalanche Awareness Month. Now in its second year, the program has expanded to offer educational opportunities ranging from the classroom to a full Level I course in the field. Over 300 IFSA/FWQ athletes expressed interest in taking their avy education to the next level. Discounted Level I and free Awareness classes were offered to IFSA athletes and teams which showed interest and were available throughout many regions in the US and Canada, including British Columbia, Montana, Wyoming, Idaho, Colorado, Lake Tahoe, Maine, and New Hampshire.
The IFSA is pleased to introduce the new IFSA Coach Certification Program. With the recent geographical expansion of the IFSA and the associated increase in athlete and coach membership, development of a formalized IFSA coaching certification program is essential to the continued health and long-term growth of our sport.
Open registration for the 2016 IFSA Junior Freeride National Series will begin tomorrow night, December 15, 2015 at 7:00 PM Mountain Standard Time. Registration will continue over the next three nights (December 16th, 17th & 18th) with different events opening each evening. Instructions for registration are listed below.
12/9/2015 UPDATE - We are finalizing a few integration details between our registration, ranking and membership platforms. We need just another couple of days to make sure things run well for the season so we are pushing the registration for the RED Mountain Collegiate Freeride Series (CFS) event back by one week.
WHISTLER BLACKCOMB TO HOST 2016 IFSA NORTH AMERICAN JUNIOR FREERIDE CHAMPIONSHIPS APRIL 6-9
WHISTLER, BC December 9th 2015 – The 2016 International Freeskiers and Snowboarders Association (IFSA) North American Junior Freeride Championships will be held at Whistler Blackcomb April 6-9, 2016. The top 160 athletes will be invited to the Canadian resort this year for the North American Championships based on the athletes’ national or regional rankings.