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Drew Tabke Poised to Drop In for the Haines, Alaska Freeride World Tour
Posted on March 15, 2016

Haines townsite photo: David Carlier

Eddie Bauer skier and two-time world champ Drew Tabke is poised to drop in on the biggest venue in freeriding this week as the Freeride World Tour heads north to Haines, Alaska. Tabke notched a fifth-place finish last season in Haines and is charged up to break through again for 2016 on the massive stacked spines of the legendary venue. The competition weather window starts this Thursday, but it’s Alaska and the exact date of the comp is always a crapshoot due to the shifting weather and uncertain avalanche stability. We will be posting updates on the Live Your Adventure blog and a link to the live feed in our channels—but for the latest, up-to-the-minute updates visit

Photos courtesy of Freeride World Tour/David Carlier

Drew Tabke masters the AK transitions on his fifth place run in the 2015 FWT Haines. Photo: David Carlier

From the FWT release:

The FWT returns to Haines, Alaska, after an incredible inaugural stop last year to host a competition like no other. Haines has long been known as one of the foremost locations of heli-riding exploration and hosted some of the awe-inspiring displays of talent in the North American and international freeride scenes. A small coastal fishing village of just 1,300 residents, this quiet corner of American wildness is among the most inspiring and scenic of all ski destinations.

14 ski men, 7 snowboard men, 7 ski women, and 5 snowboard women will make the journey from Europe to soaring peaks of Alaska and compete on a remote competition face accessed only by helicopter. This elite assembly of top riders is not off the hook as they still must put forth their best effort to make the second and final cut which allows the top 12 ski men, top 6 snowboard men, top 6 ski women, and top 4 snowboard women to qualify for the final stop in at the Xtreme Verbier on April 2nd.

The competition window will stretch from March 17-25 to allow organizers and riders to operate in the highly variable, extreme maritime weather and remote Alaskan backcountry. Stay tuned to FWT Facebook and Twitter channels for the exact competition date and time. Despite being miles from the nearest town, all FWT fans can view the live webcast the day of the competition on, or Follow your favorite riders and share their lines with the new live tagging system and make sure to set your alarms because Haines, Alaska is ten hours behind Central European Time.

Author: - Tuesday, March 15th, 2016

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