With so many different competitions and events taking place throughout the season, we’ve gone and done you a favor. Below, we’ve compiled the biggest, baddest freeskiing events of the 2014-15 season. Take a look at the dates below and be sure to tune in to freeskier.com, as well as FreeskierLive and Freeskier on Twitter, for up-to-date coverage.
AFP World Tour Platinum Events:
The Association of Freeskiing Professionals World Tour has over 50 stops with varying degrees of importance. The Platinum distinction of the following events makes them the crème de la crème and you can expect to see the biggest names throwing down at each and every one. For the complete schedule, check out afpworldtour.com/calendar.
|US Grand Prix||December 3-5, 2014||Copper Mountain, CO|
|Dew Tour||December 10-14, 2014||Breckenridge, CO|
|X Games||January 22-25, 2015||Aspen Snowmass, CO|
|US Grand Prix||February 4-7, 2015||Mammoth Mountain, CA|
|Frostgun Invitational||February 10-12, 2015||Val d'Isere, France|
|Air + Style||February 21-22, 2015||Pasadena, CA|
|US Grand Prix||February 24-25, 2015||Park City Mountain Resort, UT|
|SFR Freestyle Tour||March 1-5, 2015||La Clusaz, France|
|SFR Freestyle Tour||March 9-12, 2015||Tignes, France|
|Dumont Cup||March 26-28, 2015||Sunday River, ME|
|AFP World Champs||April 7-13, 2015||Whistler, BC|
|Jon Olsson Invitational||April 17-19, 2015||Åre, Sweden|
Swatch Freeride World Tour presented by The North Face:
The Freeride World Tour returns this year with a predominantly European schedule. The sole North American event will take place in Alaska and a new location has been added in the Pyrenees mountains of Andorra. Throughout the first four stops, athletes will battle it out for a chance to compete in the finals on Verbier’s infamous Bec De Rosses face.
*all dates are weather dependent
|January 24, 2015||Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, France|
|January 31, 2015||Fieberbrunn Pillerseetal, Austria|
|February 14, 2015||Vallnord Arcalis, Andorra|
|March 14, 2015||Haines, Alaska|
|March 28, 2015||Verbier, Switzerland|
In addition to the competition circuits, there are several special events that hold a special place in our hearts. From street-inspired events like Red Bull Playstreets to big-mountain freestyle comps like Linecatcher and Cold Rush, these events always get our engines revvin’.
|Red Bull Linecatcher||January 17-24, 2015||Les Arcs, France||The ultimate fusion of big-mountain freeride and freestyle, Red Bull Linecatcher returns to Les Arcs in January. Over two days, competitors will face off in three heats on the Cirque de Fond Blanc, looking to incorporate freestyle tricks with technical prowess to sway the judges' decisions in their favor.|
|Red Bull Cold Rush||February 2-6, 2015||Revelstoke, BC||After a two-year absence, Red Bull Cold Rush returns this February. Over three days, 15 men and five women will compete in backcountry slopestyle, big-mountain, cliffs and a new alpine touring discipline. At the end of the three days, competitors will vote, based on overall performance, to crown the 2015 champions.|
|Shred It with Kevin Rolland||February 11-12, 2015||La Plagne, France||Halfpipe star Kevin Rolland will invite twenty slopestyle, halfpipe and backcountry riders from around the globe to his home resort to session a huge step-up feature on the slopes of La Plagne. Shred It is a great opportunity to catch the world's best skiers competing outside of their chosen disciplines.|
|Red Bull Playstreets||February 14, 2015||Bad Gastein, Austria||Following a one-year hiatus, Red Bull PlayStreets returns for 2015. On Valentine's Day, freeskiers from across the globe will converge upon Bad Gastein in the Austrian state of Salzburg to compete in a street-inspired contest. Past winners include Charles Gagnier, Elias Ambühl and Russ Henshaw.|
|Swatch Skiers Cup||February 21-27, 2015||Zermatt, Switzerland||The world's only big-mountain oriented team competitionnreturns to Zermatt in February. Two teams of eight—Team Americas and Team Europe—will square off in both big-mountain and backcountry slopestyle disciplines. Team Americas took home the win last year, meaning Team Europe will surely be on the hunt for redemption this February.|
|The B&E Invitational||March 12-13, 2015||Les Arcs, France||The masters of style—Phil Casabon and Henrik Harlaut—proudly present the second annual B&E Invitational from Les Arcs, France. Once again, the event will feature a skatepark-inspired setup, where the best skiers in the world, both young and old, will put an emphasis on style.|
|Nine Queens||March 15-21, 2015||Serfauss-Fiss-Ladis, Austria||In mid-March, the Nine Queens competition will invite some of the finest female park skiers in the world to session a custom jump and rail setup. Each year, these ladies show up for a week that sees more progression than the majority of the season, and we're excited to see that trend continue in 2015.|
|Nine Knights||April 4-11, 2015||Livigno, Italy||The content that came out of last year's Nine Knights event at the Mottolini Fun Mountain was insane. Jesper Tjäder's massive double backflip over the "death gap" and Roy Kittler's monstrous transfers come to mind, and with craziness like that on display, this year's edition is one of the most highly anticipated events of the season.|
Note: The dates and locations listed on this page are subject to change. Check back for regular updates as more events are scheduled.