Natural Selection DUELS Challengers and Matchups Announced – Game On

All the details you need to know for this years NST tour

This year’s DUELS will stage in standout mountain venues with NST-worthy backcountry and freeride terrain including: Andermatt+Sedrun+Disentis in Switzerland; Crested Butte Mountain Resort, CO; Eleven’s terrain on Scarp Ridge in Irwin, CO; RED Mountain Resort in Rossland, BC; Purgatory Snowcat Adventures in Durango, CO; and an undisclosed location in Japan.

The 2024 YETI Natural Selection DUELS match-ups are:

  • Arthur Longo x Kevin Backstrom @ Andermatt, Switzerland
  • Jamie Anderson x Emma Crosby @ Crested Butte Mountain Resort, CO
  • Nils Mindnich x Victor Daviet @ Purgatory Snowcat Adventures in Durango, CO
  • Spencer O’Brien x Mary Rand @ RED Mountain Resort, Rossland, BC
  • Red Gerard x Austen Sweetin @ Eleven’s terrain on Scarp Ridge in Irwin, CO
  • Raibu Katayama x Torgier Bergrem in Japan
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“I’m so stoked to be back in the mix this year. You get a memorable experience no matter what with the DUELS format; it’s cool (and also humbling) to directly compare and contrast my riding with another rider. I’ve been a fan of Victor’s riding for a long time, he’s so style driven,” said Nils Mindich, pro snowboarder. “I’ve been close to making the cut the last two events, so hopefully the third try’s the charm in Durango!”

The invited challenger riders were selected by the Natural Selection Rider Selection Committee. The Committee made up of Pat Bridges, Mary Walsh, Liam Griffin, Ed Leigh and Matt Barr selects riders based on video footage, contest results (as applicable), and potential to succeed in the Natural Selection format of backcountry freeriding. 

The eight men and four women invited as challengers in the Tour’s fourth season start off at YETI Natural Selection DUELS. DUELS include six individual match-ups between some of the most skilled snowboarders of our times and are designed to bring out each rider’s full creativity, highlight new zones and snowboarding’s diverse styles. Held in late January and early February, each DUEL will showcase two riders competing head-to-head when conditions are prime during their weather window. Raw DUELS footage will be judged by the NST judging panel. One rider from each DUEL will move on to the next stage of the Tour in Revelstoke, BC. Winners will be revealed in late February as the DUELS premiere on Red Bull TV.

The Natural Selection Tour is working with the DUELS destination partners to curate events that will be open to the public during each competition window. “Our goal with DUELS this year is to enable resort locals and visitors to feel part of the action,” said Natural Selection Tour CEO Carter Westfall. “In addition, each of the DUELS episodes on Red Bull TV will feature broader storytelling and lifestyle components along with the epic action.”

Of the 24 riders who will convene in Revelstoke after DUELS wrap, 18 riders are returning with tickets punched straight to the window opening on March 10, 2024. These invited riders include the 12 who are pre-qualified through their performances at the 2023 YETI Natural Selection Revelstoke: Mikkel Bang, Mikey Ciccarelli, Dustin Craven, Jared Elston, Robin Van Gyn, Ben Ferguson, Hailey Langland, Elena Hight, Torstein Horgmo, Blake Paul, Zoi Sadowski-Synnott, and Travis Rice.

Both competition days in the Revelstoke area will live-stream globally within the competition window, March 10-17, 2024 when Mother Nature selects the optimal two days and the optimal zone for each day. Twenty-four riders drop first into either a magnificent backcountry zone in the Selkirk Tangiers Heli Skiing tenure or on the all-new, naturally enhanced and feature-laden Revelstoke Mountain Resort sidecountry venue. 

The final 12 riders, who make it through the first Revelstoke-area competition day, will earn their spot to drop into the second venue for another day of live snowboarding. The finals’ day will culminate in the crowning of the men’s and women’s 2024 Natural Selection champions. 

2024 Natural Selection Tour Dates:

YETI Natural Selection DUELS

Premiering starting late February 2024 on Red Bull TV (with winners revealed in show)

YETI Natural Selection Selkirk Tangiers

March 10-17, 2024*
*Live for one-day in competition window

YETI Natural Selection Revelstoke:

March 10-17, 2024*
*Live for one-day in competition window


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