Freeride Skiing and Snowboarding is an Official FIS Discipline

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The International Ski & Snowboard Federation (FIS) has officially recognized freeride skiing and snowboarding as an official discipline. This historic decision was made during the FIS General Assembly held in Reykjavik, Iceland, where members of FIS and National Ski Associations voted on June 5th, 2024. Following the acquisition of the Freeride World Tour (FWT) by FIS in December 2022, this announcement marks a significant step towards the global development of the sport, providing enhanced support to athletes and increasing the potential for future inclusion in the Winter Olympic Games. The decision to include freeride skiing and snowboarding as a full-fledged FIS discipline was unanimously approved by all members of the FIS Congress.

“This is an important day for the freeride community,” said Nicolas Hale-Woods, Founder and CEO of Freeride World Tour. “The recognition of freeride skiing and snowboarding as an official discipline within FIS will elevate the sport and provide new opportunities for athletes worldwide. We are excited about the future prospects this brings to the freeride movement and beyond.”

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“FIS is the home of snow sports in all its forms, for everyone—it is only natural for us to fully embrace the excitement of a rising discipline like freeride. We are thrilled to have them as part of the family,” said FIS President Johan Eliasch.

Following this recognition, freeride skiing and snowboarding will undergo a voting process within individual National Ski Associations worldwide. This step emphasizes grassroots development, ensuring the sport gains widespread support and that young athletes have the resources needed to excel.

The Freeride World Championships will now be included within the FIS framework, paving the way for a structured and unified approach to competitions and athlete development.

“This is just the beginning,” added Hale-Woods. “Our goal is to nurture the sport at all levels, from grassroots to elite competitions, and to see freeride skiing and snowboarding represented in future Winter Olympic Games.”

The recognition by FIS is expected to have a profound impact on the freeride community, providing a platform for athletes to showcase their skills on an international stage and encouraging the next generation of freeriders to pursue their passion with greater support and resources.