Brother and sister Andrew and Jacqueline Pollard of Utah, grandchildren of Mariella Arnold of Kimball, will compete in the Freeride Skiing World Tour beginning Jan. 19. Submitted photo.
Brother and sister, Andrew and Jacqueline Pollard of Alta, Utah, children of Kate Arnold Pollard and Tom Pollard, and grand-
children of Mariella Arnold of Kimball, will represent the United States on the Freeride Skiing World Tour beginning
Jan. 19-26, in Hakuba, Japan. From there, they will compete in British Columbia, Canada, from Feb. 2-8; Austria from Feb. 23-28; Andarra, Spain, from March. 2-8; and, finally, Switzerland, from March 23-31.
Freeride Skiing World Tour is an annually toured series of events in which the world’s best freeriders compete for the overall title of World Champion in their respective gender.
This is skiing performed on ungroomed terrain, without a set course, goals or rules. It is a response to highly regimented style of ski competitions. One must negotiate steep natural terrain with no man-made takeoffs or landings. Competitors must climb the mountain, with full packs, on their own power, then plan a route down the mountain and execute it. The random aspect contributes to high risk.k
Andrew will compete against 21 other world-class athletes in this unique sport. Much fewer women compete in this demanding sport, so Jacqueline will compete in a field of eight athletes.