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Freeride

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The North Face Frontier is the freeride event within the Winter Games NZ calendar and is held at The Remarkables, Queenstown. Both the 2* and 4* events are on the Freeride World Qualifier circuit and provide top athletes with the opportunity to gain valuable points and qualify for the Freeride World Tour.

About Freeride

These talented skiers and snowboarders ride from the top to the bottom of the natural (ungroomed) face with as much fluidity, style and speed as possible while performing tricks on natural features, like rock drops and cornices.

The two events are impressive to watch and are guaranteed to give you that heart in your mouth feeling as they launch off the top. With the excellent facilities and spectacular terrain of The Remarkables as the competition venue and as one of the first events of the FWQ season, The North Face Frontier hopes to attract top level competitors from all over the globe.

The 2* event precedes the 4* event with the events held on the best weather and snow conditions days during the window.

The North Face Frontier 2* – Saturday 3 September – Monday 5 September
The North Face Frontier 4*- Sunday 4 September – Thursday 8 September

The 2* event is held in Shadow Basin, while the 4* event is hosted in the iconic Alta Chutes with an epic base camp set up below. The Winter Games NZ team, The North Face and The Remarkables will be hosting at the base camp so come along to join the fun of freeride.

You can keep up to date with when the competitions will be held and how you can be part of the action via The North Face Frontier Facebook Page

Volunteers- If you know anyone keen to volunteer please ask them to get in contact with Jo on [email protected]

The North Face Frontier – Freeride World Qualifier 2* and 4* Athletes

Entries for both the 2* and 4* will open online on the Freeride World Tour website on 21 July 2022 at 12:00 CET and close on 1 August 2022 at 24:00 CET. If the event does not fill up by then registration will be reopened. Both events will be held at The Remarkables, Queenstown.

Every rider must be a FWQ member with a valid 2023 license in order to sign up for the event/s. These licenses can be purchased through the FWQ online registration platform.

Please view the athlete invitation here.

2* Freeride World Qualifier 

This is an entry level FWQ event, with 80 spots available across ski and snowboard, men and women. Minimum age 18 by 12th May each year.

Maximum entries – 80

Entry fee – €45 + FWQ license fee of €25 for one event or €70 for season license, (2 or more events)
Entry via – FWQ Website

On the day entries are not permitted

4* Freeride World Qualifier 

This event will accept the 50 highest ranked athletes that enter. 8 spots will be held open in the 4* for the top 3 ski men, 2 ski women, 2 snowboard men & 1 snowboard woman from the 2* event. These eight competitors will receive a refund of their entry fee from the 4* (or free entry if not already registered).

If these riders have already entered the 4* event and have made the cut through the seeding list, then the next placed rider not currently entered in the 4* will receive an entry into the 4* (but they will have to pay the 4* registration fee). For anyone in either of the situations above with the one event license they will need to upgrade to a season license ,at their own expense, to compete in the 4 star as well as 2 star

Maximum entries – 50

Entry fee €55 + FWQ license fee of €25 for one event or €70 for season license, (2 or more events)

Minimum age 18 by 12th May each year

Entry via – FWQ Website

FWQ Rider Handbook for 2022- all the official rules and guidelines

Please contact Winter Games NZ Freeride Manager Jo Guest on [email protected] with any questions you may have. Our team is here to help.

Freeride

schedule and results

03Sep
  • The North Face Frontier FWQ 2* – Weather window 3 – 5 Sept
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The North Face Frontier is the Freeride event within the Winter Games NZ calendar, held in Queenstown at The Remarkables and consists of two Freeride World Tour Qualifier events. The aim for these talented skiers and snowboarders is to ride from the top to the bottom of the natural (ungroomed) face with as much fluidity, style and speed as possible while performing tricks on the natural features, like rock drops and cornices. The North Face Frontier FWQ 2* will be held in Shadow Basin.

The North Face Frontier is weather and snow condition dependent. The 2* weather window is 3 – 5 September.

For the latest schedule updates please check our Facebook Page!

Freeride Info

04Sep
  • The North Face Frontier FWQ 4* – Weather window 4 – 8 Sept
    Icon The RemarkablesIcon 10amIcon Free to Watch!

The North Face Frontier is the Freeride event within the Winter Games NZ calendar, held in Queenstown at The Remarkables and consists of two Freeride World Tour Qualifier events. The aim for these talented skiers and snowboarders is to ride from the top to the bottom of the natural (ungroomed) face with as much fluidity, style and speed as possible while performing tricks on the natural features, like rock drops and cornices. The North Face Frontier FWQ 4* will be held in the Alta Chutes and is the highest level of qualification event to get onto the Freeride World Tour. Expect to see some top level Freeride athletes laying it all on the line for a chance at an exclusive Freeride World Tour spot.

The North Face Frontier is weather and snow condition dependent, 4* weather window 4 – 8 September.

For the latest schedule updates please check our Facebook Page!

Freeride Info