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And there's double the excitement as two rounds are held after organisers were forced to cancel the Chamonix leg last month. The action got under way last Thursday and now with fresh powder snow the event is currently taking place in Arcalis.

Few who come to Andorra venture away from the better-known resorts of Soldeu, Pas de la Casa and Arinsal.

But is has some very good advanced terrain - enough to hold the Freeride World Tour not once but twice.

The contest window is from 9th to 16th February and the first showdown was able to take place on the first day, and although delayed, the second stage is now live on fresh powder snow.

Watch it on the You Tube link below.

The organisers issued this bulletin:

Due to safety concerns about the variable snow conditions on the competition face and an approaching weather system, guides and organizers have decided to wait for the arrival of fresh snow which is forecasted for Saturday through early next week. Stay tuned to and FWT social media channels for the latest event information.

FWT on hold FWT on hold in Arcalis, Andorra













Two events are being held at the Andorran resort: the Swatch Freeride World Tour Vallnord-Arcalís, Andorra 2017, which went ahead on Thursday, and the Swatch Freeride World Tour Chamonix-Mont-Blanc 2017 staged in Vallnord-Arcalís, Andorra which was due to take place on Friday.

The Chamonix event - the planned opener in the FWT - was moved to Andorra due to safety concerns - see here for our report on the cancellation in PlanetSKI's News In Brief section.

Now the re-scheduled contest is on hold over safety concerns.

Organisers say recent weather systems dumped ample snow on the peaks, offering ideal freeride conditions for the first day's competition.

25 male skiers, 11 female skiers, 9 male snowboarders, and 8 female snowboarders are competing on highly technical terrain as they aim to build momentum and earn points on the international freeride circuit.

The first day saw brilliant blue skies, offering perfect conditions for the riders at the 500 vertical metre venue. 

The organisers say the chosen face - known as "Smoothy's Garden" in honour of the man who made a groundbreaking run in 2015 - offered powerful straightlines and technical cliff sections with a gentle yet playful runout zone.

Here are the results:

FWT results 9 Feb 2017FWT Thursday's results











Here are some of the competition highlights of men and women from Thursday's event.


For those not in Andorra you can watch the live streaming of the Freeride World Tour event below, once it gets going, possibly on Tuesday 14th February.


Drew Tabke's stunning winning ski run from Thursday's event where he scores 95.00 points is shown below.

The footage is shot using his Go Pro - it's worth watching.

The FWT website also posts a replay of the competition and scores as they come in.

For a flavour of what the event is all about see our report from last year's final in Verbier.

See here for the main PlanetSKI news page with all the latest stories from the world of snowsports.

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