Jessica Hotter Wins Freeride World Tour Stop in Canada


New Zealand skier Jessica Hotter (Ohakune) has won the second stop of the Freeride World Tour, held at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort in British Columbia, Canada.

Credit Snow Sport NZ

“I’m elated, it couldn’t have gone better,” said Jess after her run. Sticking in the fall line and seeking out technical terrain, Jess charged down the face, scoring highly across all judging criteria: line, fluidity, control, air & style, and technique.

A highlight of her run, a huge air at the bottom of the course, Jess said, “I was in the air thinking that was bigger than I expected but the landing was perfect and I’m really happy to stomp it.”

This is the first season on the Freeride World Tour for the 26-year-old from Ohakune, after she dominated the qualifying tour last season with three wins in four-star events.

It was a good day all round for the NZ contingent with Craig Murray (Wanaka) finishing just off the men’s ski podium in fourth place and Blake Marshall (Queenstown) one spot behind him in fifth.

“I’m super happy to put down another good run,” said Blake. “I felt a little uneasy watching so many people fall before me, so I took a more relaxed approach and it worked out.”

Hank Bilous (Wanaka), looking “to put the Kiwi stamp on this face” took a creative approach to the course and sent a huge 360 off the exposed terrain at the top of the course, scoring well for air & style but less so for line and control, and finished in 13th place.

Swedish skiers Kristofer Turdell and Carl Regner Eriksson finished first and second respectively with Andrew Pollard (USA) rounding out the men’s ski podium.

Jess Hotter winning run footage: