FIS acquires the Freeride World Tour as both organisations merge

Aussie athelete Nat Segal during the 2013 FWT in Chamonix. Photo credit: FWT

The Freeride World Tour (FWT) is making a milestone in its history thanks to the merger with the International Ski and Snowboard Federation (FIS), which is acquiring FWT properties. The two organizations will join forces starting from the 2022-2023 season.

FIS is the governing body for international skiing and snowboarding, founded in 1924 during the first Olympic Games in Chamonix, France. Recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), FIS manages the Olympic disciplines of Alpine Skiing, Cross-Country Skiing, Ski Jumping, Nordic Combined, Freestyle Skiing and Snowboarding, including setting the international competition rules.

By acquiring the FWT, FIS will further unite all the disciplines in skiing and snowboarding, giving them more strength and power to develop on the global stage.

FWT will continue to run the daily operations of the Tour, remaining committed to its core values of safety, performance, responsibility, inclusivity and fun. Moreover, the competition format, offering a fair path to every athlete, from grassroots to elite events, and the judging system, remain unchanged.

FIS will place its focus on the marketing and governance of the FWT, instilling a structure that follows the guidelines of recognised Olympic sports.

“We are thrilled to be joining forces with FIS,” said Nicolas Hale-Woods, FWT CEO.

“For our freeride athletes and event organisers, being under the umbrella of the largest winter sports International Federation, recognised by the International Olympic Committee, will give them more access to support, increased visibility and additional resources that will ultimately allow the FWT and all of its stakeholders to grow.”

“The merger with FWT will see FIS add one of the most exciting, dynamic winter sports to its portfolio,” said Johan Eliasch, FIS President.

“This is truly a win-win for all parties as FIS can bring massive growth potential to the FWT providing the chance to develop on a broader stage. FWT brings a highly professional tour that offers breathtaking action and an entirely new element of skiing and snowboarding to FIS.”

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