In the big mountain competitive realm, the Freeride World Tour is the pinnacle: a worldly gathering of skiers and boarders who travel to five spots around the globe and rip down some of the planet’s most challenging faces. Athletes have to qualify to gain the highly coveted spots, and then fight tooth and nail to keep them. In 2016, only 17 out of 63 FWT athletes on the tour were from the U.S. Out of those, these seven — plus wildcard athlete Ryland Bell, who took first place at the Alaska stop — are from Tahoe, more than any other region in the states.