Hakuba and Kicking Horse Added to the Freeride World Tour

3rd November 2017 - Craig Charley
Kicking Horse - Overlook Bowl © Andrew Mirabato

Two resorts from our programme, Hakuba in Japan and Kicking Horse in Canada, have been added to the 2018 Freeride World Tour calendar, recognising their status as legendary freeride destinations.

The Freeride World Tour pits 45 skiers and snowboarders against each other in four categories, with five stops across three continents. Hakuba is the first stop of the tour from 20-27 January before the competition moves on to Kicking Horse from 3-9 February, ending with three stops in Europe.

Why Hakuba?

The largest ski area on Honshu island, Hakuba has some of Japan's steepest slopes and best hike-to terrain. The area is made up of ten separate ski resorts so there's a huge amount of skiing on offer, and the destination itself is worlds apart from the other stops on the FWT. When Hakuba hosted a qualifier earlier this year the event had to be delayed due to too much snow!

Why Kicking Horse?

With perfect powder and an incredible vertical drop of 1250 metres, Kicking Horse is big mountain skiing at its best. With more black and double black diamond runs than any other grades, the challenging terrain puts even the most seasoned skiers and boarders in our office to the test.

In both resorts, we recommend hiring a guide to get the most out of the terrain so we're sure the competing freeriders will have their work cut out for them!

Experience it Yourself

To experience Hakuba or Kicking Horse's awesome freeride terrain for yourself, request a quotation online or call our ski specialists on 01273 224060.

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One of the handful of non-skiers before joining Ski Safari, I've now skied in North America, Europe and Asia. After my first taste of powder and tree skiing in Japan last winter, I'm looking forward to more off-piste adventures!