Freeride World Tour 2014

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Snowbird Tram Mt Baldy Freeride World Tour

The Snowbird Tram with a view of Mt. Baldy in the distance.
Photo credits: Snow Bunny Magazine

In March 2014 Snow Bunny Magazine was invited to the premiere big mountain competition, the Freeride World Tour.  Known for its awe inspiring venues, large purses, and extreme nature, it draws top athletes from around the world.

With a dry 2014 snow season, it’s no wonder that the competition originally scheduled for Kirkwood resort in California was moved to Snowbird, UT.   Upon this news, Snowbird shut down Mt. Baldy, the original venue for the FWT Utah stop, in an effort to preserve the snow, giving riders pristine conditions to do their thing.

Snowbird delivered (as usual) with its light, fluffy snow pack in the weeks leading up to the event, and upon our arrival we learned that officials were holding out on announcing a day for the competition to wait for ideal weather (clear skies and better visibility).

The opening ceremonies and the bib draw took place on a Friday evening on the tram deck, and skiers and spectators alike moved to the Tram Club to continue the evenings shenanigans as the snow continued to fall.

An image of event hosts during opening ceremonies at the FWT 2014

Opening ceremony festivities on the tram deck at Snowbird, UT.

Saturday morning delivered yet another morning of fresh powder and delayed competition, but finally it was announced that the comp would take place on Sunday morning, as the weather was supposed to clear.

Fortunately for the athletes, media and FWT Staff alike there was much powder skiing to be had on that Saturday.  Endless Snowbird lines with deep powder and its amazing terrain made everyone part of the event smile.

An image of Snow Bunnies at Snowbird

Snow Bunny Staff had a blast riding deep powder lines at Snowbird UT while awaiting competition day.
Photo credit: Jim Ferguson

On Sunday morning, we arrived at the resort to the sound of avalanche bombs going off.  There was a buzz of excitement in the air as athletes, media and FWT staff gathered to catch the first tram to the venue.

Within minutes of arriving the atmosphere changed once again but this time with disappointment.  We began to hear rumors that baldy (the venue) had slid to the ground.  The crown was reported to be over 8 feet deep and the avalanche spread over 100 feet and was set off during control work.

Snowbird Avalance Mt Baldy

The after effect of the Mt. Baldy avalanche during the Freeride World Tour 2014.

Once again the competition was postponed, and we were all sent our way to ride the 6 inches of fresh, they had gotten the night before, while the FWT staff and organizers searched by helicopter for a new venue.

By Monday morning a new venue was announced and Silver Fox was named the area that the comp would take place.

Snowbunnymag.com staffers were unable to stay for the actual competition held later during the week on Wednesday but watched it live streaming from the comfort of our office.

The FWT requires an insane amount of planning and coordination with athletes, media and the mountain staff, and is only too disrupted by changes in weather, or snow safety.  FWT is a leader in the world of contests and a great way to watch the pros in action.  We were excited to be part of the event, get to know athletes, and witness the professionalism of the staff and mountain as they played the hand dealt by Mother Nature.

In the end, the amazing abilities of the athletes was showcased once again, and the tour stop was an overall success.   Snowbird’s very own Shannan Yates won the overall tour (our interview with Shannan Yates), a sweet victory for all who love and ride Snowbird Mountain Resort.

 

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About Misty Broesicke

Our Chief Executive Bunny, Misty Broesicke grew up in Orange County, California and made her way to Idaho at 27 years old.  At twenty-nine she learned to snowboard and it quickly developed into a love and passion.  
With a background in rock climbing Misty has combined her passion for both sports as she develops her skills in backcountry snowboarding and mountaineering.   

She has three children,  two “fur” babies and resides with them, and her boyfriend in Boise, Idaho. She is passionate about raising her family to love and take care of the amazing planet we live on while at the same time enjoying the beauty of it by getting outside as often as possible.  

Misty started Snow Bunny Magazine as way to further her own love of outdoor lifestyle sports, while at the same time building up other women and youth through them. 

She is surrounded by an amazing team of women, and that she believes is her greatest strength.