Georgia’s north-western highland Svaneti region hosted two qualifying competitions of the international winter sports contest - Freeride World Tour for the second time, the Mountain Trails Agency said on Sunday.
About 50 Georgian and foreign athletes took part in the first qualifying competition, which was held on March 16 and in the second, final competition today. Georgia “successfully” hosted the contest last year too, where athletes from 16 different countries participated.
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The Freeride Week included competitions in skiing on difficult and mountainous terrain in untracked snow both on skis and on a snowboard at the Tetnuldi mountain ski resort, as well as various cultural, gastronomic and entertainment programmes.
The event, which has been supported by the United States Agency for International Development Economic Security Programme, Georgia’s Mountain Tracks Agency, the country’s National Tourism Administration, and the Georgian Ski Federation, as well as by the GRETA project, co-funded by the European Union, the Swedish Embassy and the Austrian Development Agency, Mestia Municipality and Svaneti DMO, highlighted Georgia’s mountain and ski resorts potential on an international scale, while increasing awareness for local and foreign visitors.
The technical organiser of the competition was the Georgian-based company "White Rabbit", which had received accreditation from the Freeride World Tour.