Tag: Freeride World Qualifier

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Finn Duffy championed the snowboard category at The North Face frontier 2* as part of the Winter Games NZ

New Zealand skiers have been showcasing their talents on the international freeride circuit  with Craig Murray winning the Freeride World Qualifier tour event in Austria today, and Sam Lee  earning his first Freeride World Tour podium with a third place in Alaska.

Skier Sam Lee has claimed victory at a Freeride World Qualifier Tour event in Austria, adding to a string of top results and solidifying this season as the most successful of his career to date.

The Freeride World Qualifier 4-star event held in Les Arcs, France on 3 February had a distinctly Kiwi flavour with three New Zealand athletes making the podium. Sam Lee placed second in men’s ski, Maria Kuzma second in women’s snowboard and Roland Morley Brown second in men’s snowboard.

New Zealander freeskier Craig Murray has claimed victory at a Freeride World Qualifier 4-star competition held in the Austrian resort of Hochfugen. Anna Smoothy finished fourth in the women’s freeski division.


Lake Wanaka, New Zealand (15 April 2016) – NZ’s popular, long-running freeride event is reaching new heights and pushing new boundaries for 2016.

Axamer Lizum, Austria (27 March 2016) - A year after suffering a season-ending knee injury Wanaka skier Sam Lee has made a convincing return to competition.

Jasna, Slovakia (27 February 2016) – Skier Anna Smoothy (Wanaka) has won the Jasna, Slovakia stop of the Freeride World Qualifier Tour.

The 2015 The North Face® Freeski Open of New Zealand wrapped up in spectacular style today with the three star Freeride World Qualifier ski and snowboard Big Mountain Finals.

Lake Wanaka, New Zealand (18 August 2015) –The North Face Freeski Open of New Zealand – the only event to stage Slopestyle, Halfpipe and Big Mountain competitions in one –...

Following a challenging season due to difficult snow and weather conditions all over the northern hemisphere, the SWATCH FREERIDE WORLD TOUR BY THE NORTH FACE® (FWT) now heads to Verbier, Switzerland,...

Verbier, Swizerland - (11 January 2014) – New Zealand skier Anna Smoothy (Cromwell) has won a Freeride World Qualifier (FWQ) event in Verbier, Switzerland.

Crested Butte, Colorado (30 March 2013) - The 4 star Freeride World Tour Qualifier at Crested Butte Mountain Resort in Colorado on Saturday 30 March was the highlight of the season for...

Taos, New Mexico (4 March 2013) - Wanaka skier Sam Lee has made a welcome return to competition placing seventh at the 2013 Salomon Extreme Freeride Championships in New Mexico.