Freeride achieves official status, a game-changer for athletes and the sport

REJKJAVIK, Iceland – The International Ski & Snowboard Federation (FIS) has officially recognized Freeride Skiing and Snowboarding as a discipline. The landmark decision was made during the FIS General Assembly held in Reykjavik on June 5. Following the Freeride World Tour acquisition by FIS in December 2022, this move marks the second step in developing the sport globally, offering increased support to athletes and paving the way for potential inclusion in the Winter Olympic Games. The unanimous vote by all Congress members underscores the significance of this milestone.

Nicolas Hale-Woods, Founder and CEO of FWT, expressed, “This is an important day for the freeride community.” The acknowledgment of Freeride Skiing and Snowboarding as an official discipline within FIS promises to elevate the sport, opening up new opportunities for athletes worldwide and fueling excitement for future prospects.

With the recognition, Freeride Skiing and Snowboarding will undergo a voting process within individual National Ski Associations worldwide, emphasizing grassroots development and ensuring broad support for the sport’s growth, enabling young athletes to thrive.

The integration of the Freeride World Championships into the FIS framework sets the stage for a more structured and unified approach to competitions and athlete development.

The FIS recognition is poised to make a profound impact on the freeride community. It will provide athletes with a platform to showcase their talents on the global stage and inspire the next generation of freeriders with increased support and resources.

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