The International Ski & Snowboard Federation (FIS) has recognized Freeride Skiing and Snowboarding as an official discipline. This historic decision was made during the FIS General Assembly held in Reykjavik, where FIS and National Ski Associations members voted on June 5, 2024. Following the FWT acquisition by FIS in December 2022, the officialization of Freeride Skiing and Snowboarding is the second step towards the development of the sport on a global scale, extending support to athletes and enhancing the potential for future inclusion in the Winter Olympic Games.

FWT Founder and CEO Nicolas Hale Woods

“This is an important day for the freeride community,” said Nicolas Hale-Woods, Founder and CEO of FWT. “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.”

The inclusion of Freeride Skiing and Snowboarding as a full-fledged FIS discipline was voted unanimously by all members of the Congress

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. This is one step closer to have freeride skiing in the Olympics.

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