Fernie riders go big at Freeride World Tour

Skiers and snowboarders from Fernie made up three out of four of the Canadians to qualify for the Swatch Freeride World Tour.

Jamie Rizzuto (third from left) is one of three Fernie skiers and boarders to qualify for the Swatch Freeride World Tour.

Jamie Rizzuto (third from left) is one of three Fernie skiers and boarders to qualify for the Swatch Freeride World Tour.

Skiers and snowboarders from Fernie made up three out of four of the Canadians to qualify for the recent Swatch Freeride World Tour in Europe.

North Face snowboarder Jamie Rizzuto, Faction skier Luke W.D. Nelson, and Faction skier Benjamin Rex Ogilvie are all taking part in the tour, which started in Revelstoke on January 7.

The second event on the tour, following the Revelstoke venue was held in Courmayeur –  Mont Blanco, Italy on the Tet’e de Arpe face.

The tour then moved across the Alps to Chamonix – Mont Blanc for the next rider challenge on the North face of Aiguille Pourrie.

The athletes will return to North America for a competition on the Cirque at Kirkwood, California, before returning to Europe for the Fieberbrunne, Austria, and Verbier, France final.

Luke Nelson currently sits in 17th place among the male skiers and Ben Ogilvie is in 23rd.

Jamie Rizzuto sits in 12th place among the male snowboarders.