The 2022 Freeride World Tour Kicks Off This Weekend in Spain

January 21st, 2022
Baciver face in Baqueira Berret, venue for the first FWT event of the season. Photo: FWT

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The world’s best big mountain freeriders will begin the 2022 season this Saturday at the first FWT competition ever held in Spain at Baqueria Berret resort in the Pyrenees.

The competition will be held on Baciver, a West-facing venue with a summit altitude of 2645 m and a vertical change of 385 m. The region was blessed with copious early-season snowfall, which established an excellent snowpack across much of the Pyrenees.


FWT 2021 womens ski World Champ Elizabeth Gerritzen. Photo: Daher/FWT

FWT 2022 athletes, including defending World Champions Victor De Le Rue (Snowboard Men, FRA), Kristofer Turdell (Ski Men, SWE) and Elizabeth Gerritzen (Ski Women, SUI), have all arrived in Baqueira Beret and are busy inspecting the competition venue, training and enjoying local culture as the big day approaches. Not in attendance is Marion Hearty (Snowboard Women, FRA), who is pursuing other projects after a dominant career in competitive freeride that included four world titles.


Defending World Champion Victor De Le Rue gets his world title campaign underway this weekend. Photo: FWT/Jeremy Bernard

Event Wildcards consistently provide jaw-dropping performances on the FWT, often spoiling the hopes of the defending champions and qualified riders. For Baqueria Beret, those Wildcards are: Lexi du Pont (Ski Women – USA), Manuel Diaz (Snowboard Men – CL)  Max Palm (Ski Men, SWE), Pau Riba (Snowboard Men, ESP) and Núria Castan Baron (Snowboard Women, ESP).

The first event of the 2022 season is just 48 hours away! Find full coverage and live event broadcasts at

Check your local time below:

* 1 PM CET (Geneva)

* 5 AM MST (Calgary)

* 9 PM JST (Tokyo)

* Sunday 23rd 1am NZDT(Auckland)

Running order:

  1. Snowboard Women
  2. Snowboard Men
  3. Ski Women
  4. Ski Men