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Revelstoke Freeride World Tour stop postponed until March
The Revelstoke stop of the Freeride World Tour has been postponed until March due to poor early-season snow conditions on the competition's Mac Daddy venue.
The competition, which was scheduled to start on Dec. 18, has been delayed until Mar. 10, 2014, due to conditions on the backcountry venue that have been described as "not yet suitable for the event" by tour organizers.
In a news release, Freeride World Tour manager Adam Comey said organizers were excited for a December start to the tour, but they recognized the venue was subject to the variables of early season conditions.
"First and foremost, FWT is committed to providing a safe and quality environment for our athletes," Comey said. "The new dates in March offer great benefits for the competition moving forward. Revelstoke continues to be one of the most favorite stops of fans and athletes alike, and we look forward to returning in March."
Revelstoke Mountain Resort opened on Saturday, Nov. 30, with a thinner base than normal. Big snowfalls over the weekend improved conditions greatly, but not enough to hold the competition in two weeks' time.
The Mac Daddy is located out of the ski area boundaries, on the northeast face of Mount Mackenzie. Ashley Tait, the director of sales and marketing for Revelstoke Mountain Resort, said avalanche conditions on the face mean more time is needed for the snowpack to settle out and mature to ensure optimal conditions for the event.