Winning a Freeride World Qualifier on his home mountain was exactly the motivation Blake Marshall needed to take the next step in his competitive skiing career. The Queenstown local made his debut on the Freeride World Tour in 2020 and some epic results saw him qualify through to the finals as well as the FWT21.
Career highlights: 4th place FWT Fieberbrunn, Austria 2020; 1st place The North Face Frontier 4* FWQ at the Winter Games NZ 2019
Growing up in Queenstown and with both parents ski instructors, Blake was always destined for a mountain lifestyle. He began skiing at the age of three, started racing aged five, got in to freestyle as a young teenager and soon found his love of freeride.
As well as earning his PE degree, Blake quietly pursued a competitive skiing career. A win in 2019 at The North Face Frontier 4* FWQ on his home mountain of The Remarkables was just the push he needed to chase the dream of qualifying for the Freeride World Tour. A strong Northern Hemisphere season including third place at a four star event in Montafon, Austria and seventh in Les Arcs, France helped seal the deal and a place on the 2020 Freeride World Tour.
His first season on the FWT was a good one with Blake finishing 7th in Hakuba, Japan, 5th in Kicking Horse, Canada and 4th in Fieberbrunn, Austria. He finished the season ranked sixth overall which gave him a ticket to FWT21.
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