Words: SFR Freestyle Tour
THE SFR FREESTYLE TOUR
The SFR Freestyle Tour is a major international competition in the universe of action sports, which has become the must-do freeski tour in Europe for the best skiers in the world. This season, the tour stops at four ski resorts, with slopestyle competitions at Val Thorens in January, Vars in February and La Clusaz in March, and a halfpipe competition at Tignes which, for the second year running, will count as the FIS World Cup Halfpipe Finals.
Ski halfpipe and slopestyle—the major disciplines of the SFR Freestyle
Tour—made their entrance into the Olympic Games at the 2014 Winter
Olympics in Sochi, Russia. As evidenced by record TV audiences, these
spectacular sports won over the public, proving the IOC didn’t make a
mistake by including them in their program.
THE AFP WORLD TOUR
The SFR Freestyle Tour events are among the competitions on the 2016 AFP World Tour. The Association of Freeskiing Professionals is the organization that regulates halfpipe, slopestyle and big air events at the international level. Competitions on the AFP World Tour have four levels of sanctioning (Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum) which among other criteria, are based on the difficulty of the course and prize money. The AFP World Tour Rankings are why the best skiers in the world take part in these events, as they want to earn as many points as possible for their chance at being crowned one of the AFP World Champions at the conclusion of the winter. For 2016, no less than $120,000 in prize money will be awarded to the best male and female freeskiers on the SFR Freestyle Tour.
Val Thorens – January 11 - 14, 2016
Discipline: Slopestyle / AFP Level: Gold / Prize Money: $25,000
For the last 15 years, Val Thorens Resort has kicked off the SFR Freestyle Tour. This stop on the tour is the premiere ski slopestyle competition in Europe and a qualifying round for the SFR Freestyle Tour Finals in La Clusaz. This year it comes just prior to some major events in the United States, including the U.S. Grand Prix at Mammoth Mountain, California and X Games in Aspen, Colorado.
Vars – February 8 - 11, 2016
Discipline: Slopestyle / AFP Level: Silver / Prize Money: $5,000
This is the fourth year that Vars will host a stop on the SFR Freestyle Tour. With this event, we are returning to the origins of the tour; a springboard event where we can discover the new guard in French slopestyle skiing. A certain number of qualifying spots will be distributed to the event’s top finishers, so they can go head-to-head with the best skiers in the world at La Clusaz in mid-March.
Tignes – March 7 - 10, 2016 // Ski Halfpipe World Cup Final
Discipline: Halfpipe / AFP Level: Platinum / Prize Money: $45,000
Tignes has held a stop on the SFR Freestyle Tour since 2012. In March 2015, for the first time in the history of the tour, the event became the FIS World Cup Halfpipe Finals. This competition closed the season with a bang, and FIS wished to continue their collaboration with the SFR Freestyle Tour for 2016. At this event, the Crystal Globe will be awarded to the top athletes on the Men's and Women's FIS World Cup Rankings.
La Clusaz – March 15 - 18, 2016
Discipline: Slopestyle / AFP Level: Platinum / Prize Money: $45,000
La Clusaz has held a stop on the SFR Freestyle Tour since its inception. Given the prize money available at this AFP Platinum-Level event, the quality of skiers is extremely high, with past attendees including five-time AFP Men's Overall World Champion Gus Kenworthy, and FIS Slopestyle World Champion Fabian Bosch. For this event, the features at La Clusaz, thanks to the SFR Freestyle Tour's team and the resort's shapers, will once again meet the standards required of a major international slopestyle competition.
100% FREESTYLE EVENTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
The SFR Freestyle Tour is a unique occasion to see the best skiers on the planet in action, but that's not all. In addition to the competitions, the tour features events and entertainment throughout the week of each stop, with thousands of prizes to be won, live DJ sets, transmissions of finals on giant screens, firework displays, light shows, and a floodlit nighttime event for the Halfpipe Finals... all the ingredients necessary for the public to enjoy a spectacle at the same high level as the tour itself.
For more information on the SFR Freestyle Tour, visit sfrfreestyletour.fr, along with following on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.