In 3 days, the Freeride World Tour will open it’s weather window in Golden, BC for the second stop of the Freeride World Tour at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort for the second year running. Last year, due to weather complications the resort saw both the Hakuba event and the Kicking Horse event staged on it’s unique terrain. Kicking Horse represents everything that British Columbia is famous for: pillows, spines, huge cliffs, and a deep snowpack, making it a unique and exciting venue.
What To Watch For
The complex terrain at Kicking Horse forces skiers and riders to test their mental capacity, as line choice and execution are paramount in this unique setting. One wrong turn can send you tumbling down a cliff, or into a tree that can throw you off course. Canadians Tom and Liam Peiffer, twins brothers and tour rookies, have competed at Kicking Horse multiples times, so keep an eye out for their experience in British Columbias complex terrain. Both rookies and the youngest competitors on the tour, Tom and Liam both established their place as worthy competitors with solid runs and a 3rd and 13th place finish, respectively, so it will be a show to see what the youngsters can do on their home turf.
Logan Pehota Looks To Defend His Crown
Speaking of Canadians who crush, Logan Pehota will be returning for the Kicking Horse event as a wild card to try to duplicate his world-beating run from last year that blew the competition out of the water and showcased his signature Pehota style: straight and fast, with a propensity for going huge. Check out the video below for his run…we can only pray he throws down a run like this again.
Can The Vets Continue To Make An Impact?
With big mountain legends Travis Rice, Tanner Hall, and Gigi Ruef joining the Hakuba stop, we knew there was going to be fireworks and the gladiators did not disappoint, with a 1st and two 3rd place finishes from the trio. While Travis wont be joining the Kicking Horse stop, Tanner and Gigi will look to continue their success. Victor De La Rue, who put down a solid run in Hakuba but ended up 7th, will surely be looking to up the ante in terrain he is a bit more familiar with.