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Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Updated: September 24, 11:11 AM ET
Season 3: Freeride World Tour


The Freeride World Tour has announced its schedule for the 2010 winter, with stops in Russia (Sochi), France (Chamonix/Mont Blanc), the U.S. (Squaw Valley) and Switzerland (Verbier):
Freeride World Tour, Season 3
Sochi - Chamonix-Mont Blanc - Squaw Valley USA - Verbier

Verbier, Switzerland, Sept. 22, 2009—The Freeride World Tour announces its third season. The world's best skiers and snowboarders will yet again be battling it out in four of the world's most prestigious ski resorts. It will all start on the Russian slopes of Sochi in January followed closely by the next stage in Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, France. The Tour will then journey to the United States to "ride" the mythical Tram Face, that has not yet officially been cleared for a freeriding competition. Finally, those riders with the top ratings will compete in the Tour's grand final in Verbier during the Nissan Xtreme by Swatch which celebrates its 15th year. Get ready for the ride... or breathtaking action guaranteed!

"It is with great satisfaction that we announce the Freeride World Tour's third season. This year the Tour will be staged in some of the world's most renowned ski resorts. Our partner, Nissan, co-founder of the Tour, continues its unwavering support. Swatch, among other partners is reinforcing its involvement by presenting two of the Freeride World Tour's stages this year. Ensured by the participation of the world's top freeriders, we are very keen for the FWT's third season to kick off," comments Nicolas Hale-Woods, founder of the Freeride World Tour.

Who is going to follow in the steps of Aurélien Ducroz - FRA (ski/men), Xavier de Le Rue  FRA (snowboard/men), Ane Enderud  NOR (ski/women) and Susan Mol  USA (snowboard/women)? The pressure is already on. Most riders have already begun their physical and mental pre-season work outs.

"The level among the riders has increased constantly since the first edition of the Tour. It is no longer enough to be a great skier to take part of the Tour. Physical and mental preparation, thorough inspection of the competition face, and top gear, are all important elements that has helped develop freeriding to a professional sport, becomming more and more known by the broad public," says Freeride World Champion 2009 Aurélien Ducroz of France.

The 2010 Freeride World Tour's four stages:
1. NISSAN RUSSIAN ADVENTURE BY SWATCH - SOCHI, RUSSIA
Date: January 21, 2010
2. NISSAN FREERIDE OF CHAMONIX-MONT-BLANC - FRANCE
Date: January 30, 2010
3. NISSAN TRAM FACE - SQUAW VALLEY USA - UNITED STATES
Date: February 27, 2010
4. NISSAN XTREME BY SWATCH - VERBIER, SWITZERLAND
Date: March 20, 2010