Natural Selection Tour Debut Redefines
Winter Sports Competition with a Mission to Unify
the Industry around Sustainability
2021 Championship airs March 20-27 live on Red Bull TV
at Tordrillo Mountain Lodge In Alaska
Judd Lake, Alaska (January 7, 2020) -- The Natural Selection Tour, the first winter sports tour to showcase the world’s top riders from Olympians to big mountain film icons; will debut live exclusively on Red Bull TV from Jackson Hole Mountain Resort this February 3-9. The championship will take place at Tordrillo Mountain Lodge in Alaska, March 20-27, where top finishers will go head-to-head and the best men’s and women’s all-mountain freestyle riders will be crowned. The invited riders will have the opportunity to compete on the planet’s most exciting terrain. A manifestation of Travis Rice’s wildest dreams, the Tour’s innovative format will reveal riders’ full creative expression and require a deep knowledge of backcountry conditions to reign supreme. All events will run within seven-day windows to ensure that the terrain is in peak season conditions. The Tour’s inaugural season will also include a stop at Baldface Lodge, British Columbia.
“The Natural Selection Tour is designed with Mother Nature as the main character, and with mutual respect for and from snowboarding,” said Travis Rice, pro snowboarder. “Women’s snowboarding is progressing so fast and we are thrilled to have both men and women riding in the tour. I’m beyond excited to witness what is possible in snowboarding when riders of this caliber are able to build off of each other’s progress in real time on some of the absolute best riding venues. The opportunity for our team to share it with the world is humbling and a true honor.”
The championship being held in Alaska’s remote backcountry at Tordrillo Mountain Lodge is the first-of-its-kind event taking place on March 20-27 and will be held on the mind-bending terrain accessed from the lodge. Riders will charge the iconic steep spines and features as seen in Red Bull Media House’s The Art of Flight and most recently the Quiksilver film Dark Matter. Here the top four men’s and two women’s finishers face off on arguably one of the best venues on the planet for riders to push the boundaries of big mountain freestyle riding. Alaska will culminate with the crowning of the unquestionable top, all-around men’s and women’s snowboarder.
“We have been working with Travis Rice for years and we are eager to see where he takes snowboarding next,” shares heli-ski pioneer and owner of Tordrillo Mountain Lodge, Mike Overcast. “He is an innovative athlete and we are committed to his vision. Hosting the Natural Selection Tour World Final at the lodge will be an experience of a lifetime.”
This year marks the debut of the full tour with a mission to celebrate the outdoors and unify the industry around sustainability. The Natural Selection Tour has partnered with Conservation International and YETI to develop and execute an impactful sustainability strategy, including carbon neutral events and conservation-themed initiatives. The partnership is central to the Natural Selection Tour’s mission to inspire its global audience to forge a deeper relationship with the outdoors. Conservation International is one of the world’s leading global non-profits whose mission is to empower societies to responsibly and sustainably care for nature for the well-being of humanity. The Tour will utilize the latest production technology to immerse a global audience of outdoors and sports enthusiasts directly into the action.
For 2021, Elias Elhardt, Ben Ferguson, Sage Kotsenburg, Nils Mindnich, Mark McMorris, Chris Rasman, Travis Rice and Gigi Rüf are the first riders announced competing on the men’s side. Jamie Anderson, Marion Haerty, Elena Hight and Robin Van Gyn will be dropping in for the women. The second half of the riders list will be announced for both men and women in January. The riders were hand-picked by the Natural Selection Nomination Committee including: Pat Bridges, the legendary editor of Snowboarder Magazine; pro snowboarder Barrett Christy Cummins; Matt Barr, host of the Looking Sideways podcast and European industry stalwart; Natural Selection Tour COO Liam Griffin and Travis Rice. The judges made the initial selections based on time-tested backcountry riding, past event finishes, video parts and the entire breadth of each riders’ career weighed for current performance.The Natural Selection Tour is working with leading Covid-19 compliance consultants Fenceline Solutions and the host venues to ensure that events are run safely for the athletes, crew, venue staff and hosting communities. For more information visit NaturalSelectionTour.com
For those who want to develop their own skills, heli-skiing at Tordrillo Mountain Lodge is available for week long experiences from February through April with their Kings and Corn (Fishing and Skiing) experience available in June and July. Guests can ski and learn from the top guides, including Olympic gold medalist Tommy Moe, at Tordrillo Mountain Lodge. If you are an intermediate skier and are considering taking yourself to the next level, you can and the backcountry of Alaska is the best place in the US to do this.
Rates begin at $15,000 per week and include 7 days of heli adventures, transportation from Anchorage International Airport to Hotel Captain Cook, one double occupancy room at Hotel Captain Cook the evening prior to your reservation, round trip flight between Anchorage and Tordrillo Mountain Lodge or Winterlake Lodge, arrival Saturday, departure Saturday, 7 nights lodging at TML or Winterlake Lodge, safety equipment & ski/snowboard demos, gourmet meals and 5 Hobbs hours per group of 4 clients.
About Tordrillo Mountain Lodge:
Just a 40-minute flight from Anchorage, Tordrillo Mountain Lodge is a remote, multi-sport, luxury lodge in the heart of the Tordrillo Range where outdoor adventures by day give way to world-class accommodations at night. Olympic gold medalist Tommy Moe and heli-ski pioneer Mike Overcast founded the resort in 2006 to share their passion for the outdoors, redefining big mountain adventures in the Alaskan wilderness. The five-star resort provides guests with a true remote luxury experience including high-end amenities, a renovated Main Lodge, alpine-chic private cabins, top-of-the-line adventure equipment, in-room spa treatments, gourmet cuisine, and a curated wine list from a 500-bottle cellar. Named one of the best heli-ski resorts in the world by CNN Travel and Robb Report and known for the first and only Via Feratta in Alaska, the lodge also offers epic summer adventures including flightseeing and wildlife viewing from their Turbine Otter, wakeboarding, fat tire mountain biking, salmon fishing, glacier hiking and more.