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Whistler athletes tapped for 2022 Natural Selection Tour

Travis Rice invert 2021 NST credit Dean Blotto GrayNatural SelectionRed Bull Content Pool
Travis Rice jumps over Pine Island during day 1 qualifiers of the Natural Selection Tour at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort in Jackson, Wyoming, USA, on 16 February, 2021.

The second annual Yeti Natural Selection Tour is set to kick off with its first stop in Jackson Hole, Wyo. from Jan. 25 to 31.

B.C. snowboarders will be well represented at the tour with the Sea to Sky’s Leanne Pelosi, Marie-France Roy, Chris Rasman and Spencer O’Brien, as well as Vancouver Island’s Robin Van Gyn—the defending champ—and Revelstoke’s Dustin Craven, joining 16 others from around the world for the competition.

The tour is the brainchild of snowboarder Travis Rice and aims to showcase some of the world’s top riders from Olympians to film icons competing on some of the most exciting natural terrain North America has to offer.

After the first stop in Jackson Hole, the top half of the riders will set off to Baldface Lodge near Nelson, B.C. for the second leg of the tour on Feb. 20 to 27. The men’s and women’s champions will be named after the third leg of the competition taking place in the Tordrillo Mountains in Alaska.

Riders were invited to compete based on “time-tested backcountry riding, past event finishes, video parts and the entire breadth of each riders’ career,” according to a press release.

For those interested in tuning in, the event will be livestreamed at naturalselectiontour.com.