Freeride Skiing and Snowboarding Approved as Discipline by FIS

Jun 05, 2024 BY Luke Rees

Freeride skiing and snowboarding has been approved as an official discipline by the International Ski & Snowboard Federation (FIS)

The International Ski & Snowboard Federation (FIS) has recognized Freeride Skiing and Snowboarding as an official discipline. This historic decision was made during the FIS General Assembly held in Reykjavik, where FIS and National Ski Associations members voted on June 5, 2024.

Freeride Skiing Approved by FIS © Freeride World Tour FWT24 by JBERNARD in Verbier

Following the acquisition of the Freeride World Tour by FIS in December 2022, this is the second step towards the development of the sport on a global scale, extending support to athletes and enhancing the potential for future inclusion in the Winter Olympic Games. The inclusion of Freeride Skiing and Freeride Snowboarding as a full-fledged FIS discipline was voted unanimously by all members of the Congress

Freeride Skiing and Snowboarding Approved

  • Historic Recognition: Freeride Skiing and Snowboarding officially recognized by FIS.
  • Following the FWT acquisition by FIS in December 2022, this is the second step towards the goal of becoming an Olympic sport.
  • Grassroots Development: Focus on supporting young and aspiring athletes.

    “This is an important day for the freeride community,” said Nicolas Hale-Woods, Founder and CEO of FWT. “The recognition of Freeride Skiing and Snowboarding as an official discipline within FIS will elevate the sport and provide new opportunities for athletes worldwide. We are excited about the future prospects this brings to the freeride movement and beyond.”

    Freeride Skiing and Snowboarding Approved as Discipline by FIS © Freeride World Tour © Agence Zoom

    “FIS is the home of snow sports in all its forms, for everyone – it is only natural for us to fully embrace the excitement of a rising discipline like Freeride. We are thrilled to have them as part of the family,” says FIS President Johan Eliasch.

    Following this recognition, Freeride Skiing and Snowboarding will undergo a voting process within individual National Ski Associations worldwide. This step emphasizes grassroots development, ensuring the sport gains widespread support and that young athletes have the resources needed to excel.

    Just the Beginning for Freeride

    The Freeride World Championships will now be included within the FIS framework, paving the way for a structured and unified approach to competitions and athlete development.

    “This is just the beginning,” added Hale-Woods. “Our goal is to nurture the sport at all levels, from grassroots to elite competitions, and to see Freeride Skiing and Snowboarding represented in future Winter Olympic Games.”

    Freeride Snowboarding Approved by FIS © Freeride World Tour FWT24 by DDAHER in Verbier

    The recognition by FIS is expected to have a profound impact on the freeride community, providing a platform for athletes to showcase their skills on an international stage and encouraging the next generation of freeriders to pursue their passion with greater support and resources.

    About FWT

    FWT Management SA is based in Verbier, Switzerland, and has been organizing premier sports  events globally in mountain resorts since 1996. The company founded the Xtreme Verbier, an iconic

    event in freeride skiing and snowboarding and, in 2008, it turned this single competition into a  prestigious series of worldwide events, called the Freeride World Tour (FWT).

    The company has since  grown to include multiple competition series that fall under the FWT brand – including FWT  Challenger, FWT Qualifier and FWT Junior – with events across all formats taking place in Europe,  North America, South America and Oceania.

    Freeride Snowboarding Approved by FIS © Freeride World Tour FWT24 by DDAHER in Verbier

    Since December 2022, FWT is part of the International Ski and Snowboard Federation (FIS). For more information, please visit www.freerideworldtour.com.

    About FIS

    FIS is the governing body for international skiing and snowboarding, founded in 1924 during the first Olympic Games in Chamonix, France. Recognized by the (IOC), FIS manages the Olympic disciplines of Alpine Skiing, Cross-Country Skiing, Ski Jumping, Nordic Combined, Freestyle Skiing, and Snowboarding, including setting the international competition rules.

    Through its 138 member nations, more than 7,500 FIS ski and snowboard competitions are staged annually. Specific initiatives are undertaken by FIS to promote snow activities as a healthy leisure recreation, notably for the young. For more information, please visit www.fis-ski.com.

    We hope you found this news of the freeride skiing and snowboarding being approved as discipline by FIS as interesting as we did. Please note this is a reproduction of a press release by the Freeride World Tour. If you want to get freeriding yourself check out these skiing holidays and snowboarding holidays worldwide.

     
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