European Freeride Festival starts with a bang

European Freeride Festival starts with a bang


The international powder snow festival shines globally from the first edition

The right preconditions for a result enchanting all the presents, from Australia to Japan, passing through China and United States: European Freeride Festival just wrote a brand new page among the events dedicated to powder, bringing to Livigno over 1,000 presences for the cultural and sporting 5-days.

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freeride trips with Livigno Mountain Guides and White Line

Perfect’ was the most pronounced adjective, particularly by snow events experts: the pro rider Wang Lei, flown from China to Livigno to present his new film at the Freeride Film Festival, as well as Aline Bock, former Freeride World Tour champion, at European Freeride Festival for her Völkl Split & Freeride Camp. Among the international guests were also the Nations part of World Snowboard Federation, from Japan to Northern Europe, to a very special crew coming from Oceania, all come to enjoy the various activities in program.

The mountain big spirit smiled to who, with respect and devotion, chose to glide on its snow during the cosmopolitan kermesse: a rich snowfall delighted everyone, offering the stunning view of whitened Livigno. Virgin slopes for who wanted to draw the first track going outdoor with Livigno Mountain Guides for freeride excursions and lessons of several difficulty levels.

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Manolo and Luca Gasparini at the round table “freeriding and free climbing”

Password for all: know the mountain. With this purpose, safety workshops by Mystic Freeride and artva camps were organised on a daily basis, for beginners as well as professionals, in order to learn how to the use of technical equipment such as artva, probes and shovel. Outdoor lessons, as well as Splitboard and Telemark experiences, took place in the area surrounding the Freeride Test Village, the big outdoor village where everyone could try and test freeride and mountaineering equipment of over 40 brands.

The mountain was also subject of the round table ‘From Freeriding to Free Climbing’: legendary Manolo started a conversation aimed to recognise and understand the right approach to sporting ‘free’ disciplines which, like opposites, go towards or against gravity in a path from base to top, and viceversa.

european freeride festival 01Snow and mountain culture could be expressed in special educational moments duringEuropean Freeride Forum, dedicated to the over 40 media present. The multicultural discussions with high-level speakers such as Benjamin Reuter, the renowned White Risk co-founder, represented the most engaging aspect. But the forum format also characterised Freeride Film Festival, the first powder film exhibition dedicated to live the freeriding emotions over uncontaminated landscapes limits, face to face with the protagonists. The speed rider Aaron Durogati, pro snowboarder Wang Lei, pro freeriders Nat Segal and Evelina Nilsson were at Cinelux during their premieres, sit among the audience to tell their experiences during the breathtaking video recording.

The nights offered their best around Livigno top locales: 1816 brewery, the highest in Europe, the historic Stalet and Miky’s gave life to European Freeride Festival’s nocturnal soul, with live music and meetings between Freeride World Qualifier pro riders and all the snow lovers.

Plenty of adrenaline was spread during Livigno Freeride World Qualifier 4*, with international athletes who competed on vertiginous rock cliffs in Val Cantone, and Livigno Ski & Snow Alp Race, the ski and snowboard alp focused on ascend.


Volkl Split & Freeride Camp by Aline Bock

@ European Freeride Festival

European Freeride Festival second edition is in the air already, with new dates to save and lots of surprises dedicated to ‘Freeriding For All’: stay tuned!

European Freeride Festival is the powder event open to everyone with the claim ‘Freeriding for All‘. Ski, Snowboard, Telemark, Splitboard and ski-snow-alp. Not only professional freeriders but also enthusiasts can live the perfect experience during this groundbreaking event.

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