The First-Track Freeride is a ski and snowboard off-liste contest held since the winter season 1999/2000.It take place at the ski resort Chandolin/St-Luc which is located in the "Val d'Annivers" in Wallis, Switzerland.
An exhilarating international sporting event, formal 3 stars Freeride World Tour Qualifier, springboard for the famousFreeride World Tour ! This year, the terrace of the restaurant "Tsapé" welcome spectators with entertainment live dj's, canteens, and commentator to enjoy the show more than 2,400meters above sea level !
The competition take place in the famous face "couloirs du Col des Ombrinzes" in which each competitor have the choice between two different start points. Then they all have to deal with a face of about 50 degrees of inclination. Thrills and adrenaline guaranteed !
These natural, organizational and geographical features give this competition a pure freeride spirit and an excellent reputation in the world of winter sports as well as the recognition of many international competitors.
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The full program of the event is available just right here : Program First-Track Freeride 2016.
And here a picture of the face taken last Monday 13.03.16 (click on to enlarge) :
This year each competitor must do two runs from a different start point on each day. The total points received during both runs will establish the final standings.
Approximately 90 riders will be selected to compete in the First-Track Freeride according to the following criteria:
Riders presently in the FQW 2013 seeding list (new Freeride World Ranking) according to rank.
5 Wildcards awarded by the organisers.
The distribution of wildcards in the different categories will be done according to the number of inscriptions. The final list of competitors will be finalised 15 days before the competition. Registration will only be valid once the registration fee has been paid. If the registration fee has not been paid by the deadline, the place will be given to the next person on the seeding list.
Information about the race will be given during a briefing on the morning pf the race. This will be given by the organisers of the First-Track Freeride and the event’s head of security. Every entrant must be present at the briefing and comply with the instructions given by the staff.
On the before the competition riders will be allowed to study the relief of the slope from the bottom and choose their line. Under no circumstances will a rider be permitted to make a reconnaissance of the slope. If a rider does not abide by these rules, the organisers reserve the right to disqualify the rider without refunding the registration fee.
On each day and for all categories the starting point will change. They will be indicated by the flag of the competition’s sponsors. The competitors should present themselves to the starters and show their number. Remember that this year’s starts go from the lowest to the highest number.
The women’s categories (ski and snowboard) will open the competition on both days.
Before communicating the start of a run to the judges (who will be at the bottom of the slope), the starters must check that the riders have the obligatory equipment.
After this beautiful 2016 edition, we are more than ever motivated to continue this event in our favourite freeriding spot ! This is why we are already looking for support for the 2017 edition. You will find our sponsoring file there :
And do not hesitate to contact us to get more information about it!
Our fabulous sponsors of the 2016 edition:
Inscriptions are not yet open, patience, patience..
The contest takes place at the ski resort of Chandolin / St-Luc, more precisely in the "Couloirs des Ombrintzes" lying between these two areas:
// Adress and road direction :
Link with the A9 motorway, exit n°28, Sierre, then follow Val d'Anniviers.