FWT17: Vallnord-Arcalís Recap (Congrats to Kylie Sivell!)
Freeriders from around the world competed at the first two events of the Freeride World Tour (FWT) competition circuit, and we’re very excited about the results! Congratulations to all of the winners in each category—in particular, to our own Snowledge Ambassadors and FWT rookies, Griffin Dunne and Kylie Sivell! In the first event, Kylie placed third in the Women’s Ski in her first FWT competition, after graduating from the 2016 Freeride World Qualifiers just last year. From FWT: “Opening her line with a demanding air that she then combined with impressive riding, Kylie Sivell (CAN) earned third place.”
At the second competition event, Kylie finished in second place, earning enough points to secure a current tie for a top ranking as #1 at this stage of the FWT, alongside skier Jaclyn Paaso.
Check out replays of the event webcasts [first event] [second event] (find the red and white toggle markers with their names) for a full replay of Kylie’s and Griffin’s runs, along with commentary and scores.
Watch this amazing GoPro run footage from Kylie from the first competition!
Kylie Sivell – Vallnord-Arcalís Andorra FWT17
In order to guarantee safe conditions for all competitors, event organizers had decided to stage the competition in Vallnord-Arcalís, Andorra (a European microstate), alongside the second scheduled stop of the FWT17. The original event was to take place in Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, France. (For more information on how organizers choose a competition face, check out this FWT article which outlines all the considerations that go into selecting a location.) Vallnord is a resort in the Pyrenees mountains in the country of Andorra, near the border of Spain at Tor, Pallars.
For the first stop of the competition, the winners included, Drew Tabke (Ski Men-USA) and Arianna Tricomi (Ski Women-ITA), along with Sammy Luebke (Snowboard Men-USA) and Anne-Flore Marxer (Snowboard Women-SUI).
The winners from the second stop, were Leo Slemett (Ski Men-FRA) and Jaclyn Paaso (Ski Women-USA), along with Sammy Luebke (Snowboard Men-USA) and Anne-Flore Marxer (Snowboard Women-SUI).
The athlete roster included 50 athletes, broken down into four groups:
- SKI MEN: 22 riders
- SNOWBOARD MEN: 9 riders
- SKI WOMEN: 11 riders
- SNOWBOARD WOMEN: 8 riders
Vallnord-Arcalís hosted the first two of five events in the 2017 FWT circuit. The final event is scheduled for early April, in Verbier, a village located in southwestern Switzerland.
For the latest competition series info and athlete updates, follow the Freeride World Tour’s live streaming webcast on their site (www.freerideworldtour.com), and by watching the #DROPIN and #FWT17 hashtags across social media.
Check out other video highlights from the FWT 2017 events, and we’ll see you on the mountain!