Jamie Rizzuto is third in Freeride World Tour

Fernie resident Jamie Rizzuto placed first in Swatch Freeride World Tour Snowbird in the men
Fernie resident Jamie Rizzuto placed first in Swatch Freeride World Tour Snowbird in the men's snowboard category.
— image credit: D. Carlier

Jamie Rizzuto placed first in the Men's Snowboard category at the Swatch Freeride World Tour By The North Face (SFWT) Snowbird.  On March 1, Rizzuto earned 2,500 points at Snowbird Mountain Resort, U.S. putting him third overall in the SFWT with 6,500 points.  Currently Emilien Badoux of Switzerland is in first place with 6,680 points and Sammy Luebke from U.S.A. is second with 6,625 points.

Rizzuto was scheduled to compete in Revelstoke between March 11 to 15 for the fifth leg of the tour.

However, on March 11 due to high avalanche danger on the Mack Daddy backcountry venue, organizers of the FWT decided to cancel the competition scheduled to take place outside of Revelstoke Mountain Resort. The colossal Mackenzie Peak, affectionately called “Mack Daddy”, is 1,644 vertical feet of steep committing terrain suitable only for the most skilled freeriders. The slope averages 50 degrees from start to finish with a wide variety of line choices enabling athletes to express their unique styles on the challenging face. Forecasts do not suggest weather patterns will create suitable competition conditions within the designated weather window. As a result the competition will not be moved to an alternate venue or date. Great spring skiing conditions exist in the resort boundary but do not meet terrain criteria for Freeride World Tour venues.

The final competition will be in Verbier, Switzerland on March 22. As the pressure intensifies, fans from all over the world will have the opportunity to watch the action live on



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