After one heck of a season last year, the Freeride World Tour (FWT) are allowing the Junior event to go ahead for another year! There’s going to be three stops on the tour – Chamonix, France (21st – 22nd January), Fieberbrunn, Austria (10th – 11th March) and Verbier, Switzerland (24th – 25th March).
Registration is now open for everyone that wants to have a go but you have to remember you have to be a junior. You can’t just register and then compete in the junior event, it doesn’t work. Plus, you may get your arse kicked!
Here are some more details:
“Following the success of the first Freeride World Tour Juniors in 2011, the adventure will continue in 2012 with three Juniors events in Chamonix, Fieberbrunn and Verbier. In general, the format will be the same with a weekend dedicated to Freeride consisting of educational workshops on day one and a competition on day two.
So what’s new in 2012?
1. One unique age category for Junior riders (14 – 17 years old) and a maximum number of participants capped at 75 per event. This is to: a) maximise security for the riders and b) facilitate a smoother running of the competition. The competitions are open to male and female riders both skiers and snowboarders.
2. In order to grow the profile of the Freeride Juniors, we will set up a World Ranking based upon the results from the three events. In parallel, all participants will be licensed along similar lines to the pro and FWQ riders.
3. Juniors events will be attributed the same number of points as two-star FWQ events. This means that juniors who reach their 18th birthday and thus can’t compete the following year will see their name and points already won transferred to the FWQ classification. This will ensure they are classified in the seeding list which ultimately opens the door to the elite level FWT tour.
4. Any Junior reaching the age of 18 during the season will be allowed to continue participating in the Juniors events for that year.
5. All Juniors must take part in the first day of security workshops. However, if having already participated once e.g. in Chamonix, Juniors will not be required to re-attend the workshops at the second or third stops but will instead Freeride under the supervision of a guide or pro rider.
6. Event sign up will happen uniquely and directly on-line under the registration section.
7. If weather/snow conditions prevent the elite competition taking place on day one and the Juniors on day two (or vice versa), then the organisers will put in place a specific Juniors team to ensure the Juniors competition takes place the same day as the elite level competition.
This year, there will be 3 junior competitions:
-Chamonix: 21st & 22nd of Januray 2012
-Fieberbrunn: 10th & 11th of March 2012
-Verbier: 24th & 25th of March 2012″
If you want to register then head to their Registration Page.