Silk Road Freeride competitions
Skiing is a pathway to engagement with a global community. The sport represents a very realistic way for many of the Silk Road Freeride countries to increase international tourism visits. More importantly though, it represents an opportunity to build community and national self esteem by preparing athletes for a globally recognized athletic tour, that along the way ensures significant growth of the sport throughout each individual country.
The next few years we will focus on supporting Silk Road athletes, coaches, race directors, and administrators in skills development. Additionally stitching together existing ski competitions in individual Silk Road nations for a regional and international tour modeled off of the Freeride World Tour concept.
In time, these races will serve as FWT Qualifiers and offer prize money, sponsorship opportunities, and swag for participants and winners.
Travel along the Silk Road
In ancient times traveling along the silk road meant walking for weeks or months. Usually accompanied by camels or horses, silk road travelers were going back and forth between China and Europe. Many road trippers just did a particular leg of the trip but the more adventurous traveled the entire road.
The Silk Road wasn’t just a commercial roadnetwork. The road was a symbol of early interconnection. The main population areas were not isolated anymore. There was an exchange of ideas, cultures, information and trade. This is exacty what we try to accomplish in modern era. To visit Silk Road countries for freeriding and to learn and grow from exchanging stokeness.
We have divided the Silk Road in 3 regions for freeriding. From east to west these are Central Asia, Caucasus/Middle East and the Balkans. The terrain is gigantic and very diverse. From Kyrgyzstan’s Tian Shan mountains in the east till Slovenia’s Julian Alps in the west. Soon you can book a tour with us to Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Georgia, Turkey, Lebanon, Kosovo, Serbia, Montenegro and Northern Macedonia
In ancient times, traders would travel by land from Europe to China and back. Travelers were hosted by friendly hosts in so called caravanserais. These stops along the Silk Road provided support for travelers (and their animals). A comfortable bed, fresh food, information and equipment. We want to bring these nostalgic caravanserais back to life.
Along the Silk Road we have selected freeride stops to replenish yourself, meet friends, find information and buy/repair/rent equipment. These places are your one stop freeride caravanserais to start your skiing adventures. We support all these local caravanserais with knowledge, information, equipment and organization skills.
You can expect at least to find the following facilities at each of the Cararavanserais.
- Local maps
- Accommodation services
- Cannister refill
- Freeride ski rent
- Guiding services
- Fresh coffee
- Weather reports