The 2019 Freeride World Tour Starts in Four Days in Hakuba with the First Event Of The Year

January 15th, 2019



The 2019 Freeride World Tour (FWT) begins in just four days in Hakuba, Japan with the competition weather window running from January 19-26th.


Mountainwatch | Press release


Lutry, Switzerland – January 14th, 2019:  In just four days, the world’s best freeriders will begin their quest to become world champion in the heart of the Japanese Alps at the first event of FWT19.


The start of the last year’s event. Photo: FWT


Huge amounts of recent snow in Hakuba, a stacked line-up of riders including event wildcards Travis Rice(USA) and Taisuke Kusonoki (JPN), sets the stage for an epic competition in the world’s powder epicentre.

In addition to the main event, the FWQ 3* Hakuba competition will also be staged January 15-17th.

After Japan, the FWT heads for Kicking Horse in British Columbia with the event running from February 8-9. The rest of the five-event schedule is:

Fieberbronn, Austria, Feb 22-28

Vallnord-Arcalis, Andorra, March 2-8

Verbier, Switzerland, March 23- 31

The overall world champions in ski and snowboard, men’s and women’s, will be announced after the Verbier event.

Follow every competition update, rider news and the event livestream on and the FWT social media channels.


The world’s best big mountain skiers and snowboarders will be competing in Hakuba this weekend. Photo: FWT