In response to the recent growth in backcountry and freeride off-piste skiing and boarding, a series of high adrenaline competiitions have emerged over the last 5 years.

In 2013 Scotland saw its first FWT (Freeride World Qualifier) event take place at Glencoe, the Coe Cup. This event is now firmly established as the flagship event in Snowsport Scotland’s annual Freeride tour of events known as the Scottish Freedom Series.

2014 saw the creation of SKIMO, Scotland’s Ski Mountaineering race series, and in 2015 the first split boarding event, “Upbattle”  took place at Cairngorm.

If you are interested in getting involved in back country and freeride competition please see the short summaries of each event below. Dates and further details can be found on the Competitions & Events Calendar.

Scottish Freedom Series

The Scottish Freedom Series (SFS) is Scotland's Freeride Tour, comprising a series of 4 separate freeride competitions, held over three weekends, open to male + female skiers + boarders aged 18 and over. Each competition event is unique. The different venues, topography, snow and weather conditions all culminate in a series of events that differ greatly, offering competitors four very individual and exciting opportunities to participate.

At each competition winners are recognised and ranked and as well as winning trophies or prizes they are awarded overall "series points" based on their ranked position in their male/female, ski/board category. These points then accumulate as part of the official overall series totals and after the final event concludes the overall series rankings and champions can be determined.

SFS champions take home the annual recurring trophy for their category and then hold the accolade reigning top (male/female, ski/board) freeriders in the country, until the series once again concludes and finds new champions the following year.

All SFS events are open to male and female skiers and boarders aged 18yrs or older, plus up to five wildcard places are reserved for top riders in the 16 & 17 year old age group, who have been put forward by the British Freeride Junior Tour. For more information please visit


Skimo Scotland is the home of ski mountaineering racing in Scotland. Their aim is to provide an introduction to the sport for those who have not raced before and an exciting and competitive series of races closer to home for UK based Skimo racers. For more information visit


Allowing you to test some of best splitboards out there on UK snow, with an Le Mans style start race up to the summit and back down thrown in. For more information visit