The Natural Selection Tour is on for 2022! The event we all grew to love last year is back and more badass than before. Top snowboarders from around the globe, will battle it out at some of the best locations and venues in the world, to compete for the tiles of best all-around snowboarder. BRING. IT. ON.
The tour has 3 stops this year!
Stop number 1 is – YETI Natural Selection at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort | Jan 24 – Jan 30
All tour stops will again run within seven-day weather windows to ensure that the snow is in peak season conditions. Starting off at the YETI Natural Selection at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort there will be sixteen men and eight women dropping into the dynamic and complex venue. This zone represents one of the most rugged pieces of inbound terrain at Jackson Hole, a mountain revered for its steep and deep in-bounds riding. The crew is currently fine tuning the natural features and perfecting in-runs and transitions to be ready for the snow to start filling in this fall.
Stop number 2 is – Natural Selection at Baldface Lodge | Feb 21-27
The top half of the pack, eight men and four women, coming out of the first stop at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort will head north to ride the iconic terrain of every snowboarder’s dreams at Baldface Lodge, British Columbia during the last week of February. In 2022, the riders will be competing on Scary Cherry, which was home to the Red Bull Supernatural (2012) and Red Bull Ultra Natural (2013).
It is a freerider’s dream with 80 massive natural and wooden drops, kickers and other features spread throughout the famously powder-coated, 40°-plus slope. Baldface Lodge, set in British Columbia’s Selkirk Mountains outside of Nelson, is a snowboarding mecca with 500+ inches of annual snowfall laid across 32,000 acres of open bowls, peaks and perfectly spaced trees.
Stop number 3 is – Natural Selection in the Tordrillo Mountains | March 21-27
The finalists will then head north to Alaska for the Natural Selection in the Tordrillo Mountains, the final stop and championship round. Here riders charge the steep spines and features as seen at the 2021 HempFusion Natural Selection at Tordrillo Mountain Lodge. In the Tordrillos they face off on arguably one of the best venues on the planet for riders to push the boundaries of big mountain freestyle riding. The mountain, the day and the riding will crown the top all-mountain male and female snowboarders in the world.
The Tour will begin announcing the 2022 invited riders in the coming weeks. The riders will be hand-picked by the Natural Selection Nomination Committee. All of the Tour’s action will be streamed live and available to viewers around the globe…yes. Stay tuned for more details on this asap!
“Snowboarding has been heading in this direction for nearly 50 years. The Natural Selection Tour is designed as the platform where riders can progress in real time and showcase snowboarding in a way that fulfills the Tour’s mission to inspire people to forge a deeper relationship with the outdoors,” said Travis Rice.
“Last season we built and established the foundation for this tour. There is so much more that is still to come for NST and I am really excited for our second season. Riders, venues and partners are coming together to help the Natural Selection further evolve its authenticity into what so many aspire for it to become.”