The Freeride World Tour has unveiled it’s calendar for 2018 and Hakuba has joined the likes of Kicking Horse and Verbier as one of the five global 5* stops!

Hakuba steps up to full 5* status in 2018 from the 2* and 4* Freeride World Tour Qualifier events last year, which saw Travis Rice bust out one of the most freestyle-heavy run in FWQ history – despite limited visibility and a shorted venue due to heavy snow!

As we found out last year from a rider’s perspective, and as a fan, the epic powder which Japan is so famous for can present as much of a challenge for the organisers as it is fun for the riders to shred. However, one thing’s for sure – Hakuba is firmly on the map for freeride, and we’ll be looking forward to seeing the top FWT riders battle it out here!

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