The Swatch Freeride World Tour by The North Face (FWT) kicks off its season of exciting global big mountain freeriding competition with the first stop at Revelstoke, British Columbia, Canada, on January 7, 2013. The competition can be witnessed from anywhere in the world via the live webcast available at www.freerideworldtour.com.

Revelstoke Mountain Resort and its “Mac Daddy” face is an ideal location for the first stop of the 2013 FWT with its remote backcountry terrain, allowing for an exciting North American freeriding venue. “The snow conditions are setting up perfectly at Revelstoke Mountain Resort. With over 200 inches of total snowfall so far, the best case scenarios for the biggest, baddest North American venues are coming into play,” stated FWT Americas Competition Director Bryan Barlow.

Revelstoke, BC

The excitement for the first stop of the 2013 FWT is also felt among the athletes. “I’m really looking forward to this season. With lots of new riders and great events, I’m sure it will be bigger than ever. The kick-off in Revelstoke is going to be great. A mountain like that is the perfect place for a freeride competition. I’m just glad to be a part of it and no matter what, I’m going to enjoy the show,” remarked defending 2012 Ski Men’s Freeride World Tour Champion, Reine Barkered of Sweden.

“Revelstoke Mountain Resort is thrilled to have the Freeride World Tour return, even bigger and better than before,” said Sarah Windsor, Marketing and Communications Coordinator for Revelstoke Mountain Resort. “To showcase both modalities on our terrain is an opportunity of a lifetime where top-caliber athletes will converge to show off their skills on Mackenzie peak. We are honored to be the only resort in Canada, and one of two in North America privileged to host this world-class event.”

Mount Mackenzie, the venue for the first stop of The Swatch Freeride World Tour by The North Face.

Revelstoke Mountain Resort is a four-season destination resort located in the Columbia Mountains of British Columbia just minutes from the town of Revelstoke. Revelstoke is located 200 kilometers (124 miles) north east of Kelowna and 413 kilometers (257 miles) west of Calgary. RMR is North America’s most significant resort development in over a quarter century.

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For more information on the Swatch Freeride World Tour by The North Face and Freeride World Qualifier events (FWQ), please visit freerideworldtour.com, and be sure to follow the Swatch Freeride World Tour by The North Face on Facebook at www.facebook.com/freerideworldtour and on Twitter at @FreerideWTour (#FWT13)

Swatch Freeride World Tour by the North Face 2013 Revelstoke Schedule:

Sunday, January 6

8:45am - 4:00pm - Resort Village Opens - Base of Revelation Gondola

6:00pm - 8:00pm - Opening Ceremonies/Bib Draw - Revelstoke Base

Monday, January 7

8:45am- 4:00pm - Resort Village Open - Base of Revelation Gondola

10:00am - 3:00pm - Contest - Mount Mackenzie

Dusk - Award Ceremony- Grizzly Plaza


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