THE Scottish Freedom Series
B I G M O U N T A I N F R E E R I D E T O U R
THE UK's CHAMPIONSHIP FREERIDE EVENTBROUGHT TO YOU BY BRITISH FREERIDEAND SUPPORTED BYELLIS BRIGHAM, FAUNA SKIS, GLENMORE LODGE AND SNOWSPORT SCOTLAND
The Scottish Freedom Series (SFS) is the UK's Big Mountain Freeride Tour and British Freeride Championships comprising 3 separate weekend events based at some of Scotland's finest off-piste locations.
ROUND 1 - THE LAWERS OF GRAVITY w/e 11/12 Feb 2023
ROUND 2 - CORRIE CHALLENGE w/e 4/5 Mar 2023
ROUND 3 - COE CUP w/e 25/26 Mar 2023
EVENT WEEKEND PROGRAMME
Competitions run on the best day of weekend, so riders are encouraged to make a weekend of it, stay locally, hook-up with other riders and come and join in the spirit of the series, and ride together on the other day. Please note that if an event cannot go ahead at any point over the weekend it will unfortunately have to be cancelled.
The programme for each competition includes rider check-in and bib issue, a rider briefing, a competition face recce and then the judged competition runs. The day then concludes with an early evening prize giving, and social.
Each competition follows the internationally recognised FWT competition format. Competitors are judged by a panel of judges on their freeriding performance over a single descent, down the designated off-piste, steep, and often rocky competition face.
Competitors are scored out of 100 based upon 5 criteria - Line, Fluidity, Jumps, Control and Technique and ranked according to an overall impression score in their respective M/F, Ski/Snowboard category. (Read the scoring guide here). After each event riders gain series points based on their event ranking. After the final event, the competitors with the highest accumulated series points are crowned overall British Freeride Champion for the year.
FREEDOM & EXPRESSION
The Scottish Freedom Series is all about FREEDOM and EXPRESSION - freedom to choose the event(s) you enter, whether you ride solo or as a team, your ride (skis or board) and most importantly how hard you want to “go at it”, and ultimately express yourself.
Events are as much about participation, stoke and friendship as they are about competition. Come alone, or make up a team. Join in the camaraderie and soak up the spirit of a series that celebrates the freedom of the mountain.
ROUND 1 - LAWERS OF GRAVITY
LAWERS WEEKEND 11/12 Feb 2023
SFS ROUND 1 takes riders into the impressive LAWERS RANGE for the only competition in the series that is a "Hike and Ride" event. The competition usually takes place on Meall-Nan-Tarmachan and riders should come prepared to skin, snow-shoe or boot-hack up the mountain, before an epic descent through your choice of gullies, flutes, cliffs, or rolls.
Once registered riders receive confirmation that the Lawers of Gravity event is ON, (usually when we get a forecast, during the week before) they must pay their event fee using the button below.
ROUND 2 - CORRIE CHALLENGE
"Summit Gully is a very special place - an awesome backdrop for a full-on freeride competition, offering steeps and huge drops" Dave Biggin - 4 times British Freeride male ski champion 2012-16.
NEVIS WEEKEND 4/5 Mar 2023
SFS ROUND 2 leads riders westwards to the infamous back corries of the NEVIS RANGE, one of the jewels in the crown of Scottish freeride locations. The competition usually takes place in either Summit Gully or G&T Gully depending upon conditions. If in Summit Gully, one of the extra highlights of the event is the skidoo tow-ride across the Aonach Mor plateau kindly organised by the Nevis Ski Patrol.
Once registered riders receive confirmation that the Nevis Corrie Challenge event is ON, (usually when we get a forecast during the week before) they must pay their event fee using the button below.
ROUND 3 - THE COE CUP
"The Coe Cup weekend is my highlight of the year - It's just the best. Every year it more than lives up to expectations." Katie Small - 5 times British Freeride female ski champion between 2014-2022
WEEKEND 25/26 Mar 2023
SFS ROUND 3, the final round of the series brings riders home to the birthplace of Scottish freeride for the long respected and much heralded Coe Cup. Flypaper and the East Ridge take no prisoners at the biggest event in the Scottish Freeride calendar with their impressive steeps and unforgiving drops. It's pretty epic just being there for the weekend. It's the culmination of a season of freeriding, and for some, the TRIUMPH! - Gotta come!!
Once registered riders receive confirmation that the Coe Cup is ON, (usually when we get a forecast during the week before) they must pay their event fee using the button below.
CHAMPIONS & RESULTS
Results go back to that first Coe Cup in 2012, when about 50 riders ventured out onto flypaper onto what seemed like the last patch of snow in Scotland. A good few of us were there and remember what an amazing and memorable day it was.
Pictured above are the winners of that 2012 Coe Cup… Look what it started.
SFS Lawers of Gravity - Cancelled
2020+2021 COVID CANCELLATIONS
SFS Lawers of Gravity - Cancelled
SFS Corrie Challenge - Cancelled
2017 - no snow
COE CUP - Female Ski Results
COE CUP Male Ski Results
COE CUP - Male Snowboard Results
COMMITTED, SUPPORTIVE AND GENEROUS…
The organisations that support the Scottish Freedom Series are critical to provide us with resources, prizes, and the equipment needed to deliver safe events. This is what enables us to give you, the riders the best experience we can.
The Scottish Freedom Series is very grateful to:-
MEET THE CREW
Meet the Crew... a motley looking, but top bunch of freeride enthusiasts that have been running and supporting the Scottish Freedom Series since it started back in 2014. We are privileged and proud to have a solid, committed and experienced team.