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2015 European Freeride Forum presented by World Snowboard Federation

The European Freeride Forum is the new yearly international appointment where freeride market professionals, media and stakeholders meet to discuss about fundamental topics. Composed of 6 panels and workshops in two days, it is the perfect opportunity to learn about new techniques for safety, snow and avalanche technical information and freeride competitions’ details as well as event organization steps and tips.

2015 European Freeride Forum is presented by World Snowboard Federation during European Freeride Festival in Livigno (31st Jan – 4th Feb 2015): all the forum panels’ are in fact accessible for the Freeride Pass owners only.

Note: the ‘Projekt:Berg’ practical workshop held on Tuesday is on charge with a € 30 ticket.

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2015 European Freeride Forum – Program

Monday the 2nd, February 2015

4.30 pm – White Risk: Avalanche Prevention for All. 
Presented by Benjamin Reuter (SLF – Swiss Institute for Avalanche Research)

White Risk is the most comprehensive interactive web-based platform for avalanche prevention, trip planning and avalanche risk management for the backcountry.  White Risk consists of three different parts. First, White Risk EXPLORE offers an extensive online resource for practical avalanche knowledge. This explorative part provides comprehensive avalanche knowledge for beginners and professionals alike. Illustrative graphics, animations, movies and interactive tools are designed to stimulate the users’ interest. Second, White Risk TOUR is a trip-planning tool to organize backcountry trips online. Key data are provided to the mobile app White Risk for access en route. Third, White Risk PRO provides photos, graphics, animations and movies to build a customized presentation for avalanche instructors. White Risk is available in German, French, Italian and English on the website

The SLF is an interdisciplinary research and service centered located in Davos Dorf. It forms part of the WSL – the Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research – and thus belongs to the domain of the ETH (Swiss Federal Institutes of Technology). Its scientists conduct research on snow, the atmosphere, natural hazards, permafrost and mountain ecological systems, and develop innovative products that translate their knowledge into practical applications. The SLF seeks to engage in top-level research while contributing to the resolution of urgent societal issues, for example in the fields of natural hazard warning systems and the analysis of climate and environmental change.

5.30 pm – Livigno Freeride Project.
Presented by Fabiano Monti (ALPsolut)

Since winter season 2013-2014 Livigno started the Freeride project, a 360° service on backcountry activities. A local avalanche bulletin is provided daily to inform about the snow stability conditions, meetings with the public are organized weekly for promoting freeride culture and snow safety concepts. For easing the approach to the backcountry trails for skitouring and for snowshoe are tracked and managed; moreover a freeride map with terrain classification is provided. For the experts, heliski activity is organized as well. Within the project some initiatives for promoting the wild-life protection are carried on. Thus, access to backcountry activities in Livigno is simpler and safer thanks also to the understandable way of communication provided by the Livigno Freeride Project.

Alpsolut is a start-up company with the aim to provide state-of-the art scientific products for practitioners and the general public. Our team consists of a group of international professionals from a variety of disciplines. Snow is not just a business for us, it is a lifestyle and our passion – we think snow.

6.00 pm – Freeride World Tour.
Presented by Berti Denervaud (head of sport of Freeride World Tour).

The history, the events around the world, the different categories and the way to qualify for the most important  international  freeride competition.

FWT Management SA, based in Lutry/Lausanne-Switzerland, is organizing world-class sports events in mountain resorts and regions since 1996. Founder of “Xtreme Verbier” – iconic event in freeride skiing & snowboarding –, FWT Management SA has taken the stand-alone Xtreme Verbier event to create in 2008 Freeride World Tour (FWT), Freeride World Qualifier (FWQ), and a Freeride Skiing Team Competition (Swatch Skiers Cup) with events in Europe, North America, South America and Oceania.

Tuersday the 3rd, February 2015

1.00 pm – Projekt:Berg. A high level educational program for avalanche trainings composed of 2 practical workshops . Presented by Benjamin Reuter (Mountain guide; SLF – Swiss Institute for Avalanche Research).

Workshop 1: “BE OUT BE READY”

Avalanche Rescue training coached by avalanche professionals. Got your safety pack? Now, keep cool! A tricky avalanche rescue scenario is waiting to be solved. There were three riders. You see their tracks. Now they nap below the snow. Get organized, get going! We provide comprehensive feedback on your performance and offer training with professional coaching! This is a highly dynamic workshop suited for everyone who believes controlling the beacon is easy.

Workshop 2:  “BE A PRO”

Snow fracture, avalanches release, dig in with the avalanche professionals’ coaching. Keen to see what happens below your feet when riding? What does a weak layer look like? When does it fail? Summer and winter we do nothing else but think and live snow and avalanches. With us you get your chance to dig deep in: Get your hands on the snowpack. Do the pros’ tests. Ask all your questions.

NOTE: Partecipation to Projekt:Berg workshops cost € 30 and need to be  booked in advance. Both will be executed in the outdoor area in front of Plaza Placheda. Meeting point is at the EFF INFO POINT in Plaza Placheda at 1.00 pm

5.00 pm – How to organize a Freeride Event.
Presented by Freeride World Tour

What’s behind a freeride event? How to guarantee the quality of the slopes and the safety of the partecipants? Which mountain to choose depending on the level of the competition? A short guide about the main topic to consider in order to organize a succesfull (and safe) freeride event.

For more information about the European Freeride Forum and to book your participation to Projekt:Berg Workshops please contact Anna Negri at

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European Freeride Forum is organized by MOON, the Italian communications and events agency specialized in outdoor and action sports, in collaboration with World Snowboard Federation, Boardsports Source and  Livigno Touristic Promotion company.