Xavier & Anne-Flore Win First Stop Of The Freeride World Tour At Chamonix

fwt_1.jpg

Chamonix Mont-Blanc, France – January 23, 2011 – The Nissan Freeride de Chamonix Mont-Blanc 2011 by Swatch went off in Courmayeur on the Italian side of Mont Blanc today. A strong field of freeriders were surprised by the quality of both the snow and the number of features. As a result, the north face of Mont Fortin produced high-quality runs that were fast and fluid with multiple airs.

fwt_2.jpgThe world’s best freeriders kicked off the official Freeride World Tour in Courmayeur during a day that boasted an astonishingly high level of action. Although it was difficult to know what the conditions were going to be until they dropped in, riders reported they were really happy to find a face this good despite poor conditions throughout the Alps. The 300-meter face was crowned by three different starting options and competitors described it as having loads of playful line choices, any of which could have produced the winning run. In the end the day the competition was dominated by the French who took all three podium spots in men’s snowboarding.

Snowboard Men
In the Men’s Snowboard division, Freeride World Champion Xavier de Le Rue (FRA) threw down what many thought to be the best run of the day with a fast clean double drop to straight line at the end of his run. With this win, de Le Rue continues his dominance of the Freeride World Tour by extending his streak of consecutive FWT wins to four. 

Snowboard Women
Today, it was the wild cards who stepped to the plate when freestyler Anne-Flore Marxer (FRA/SUI), competing in her rookie season of the tour, proved that women snowboarders can rip world class faces with aggressive grace. Second place was also taken by wild card Ursula Wohlschlager (AUT) which puts a new face on the women’s snowboarding division.

Men's Stop One Podium
Rank Name Country
1. Xavier de Le Rue FRA
2. Douds Charlet FRA
3. Aurélien Routens USA
Women's Stop One Podium
Rank Name Country
1. Anne-Flore Marxer FRA/SUI
2. Ursula Wohlschlager AUT
3. Nathalie Zenklussen SUI

Comments

Up Next

September 28, 2016

Those Days 004: Danny Davis, 2011

The hip jump is one of the more under-used features in snowboarding, due to the difficulty in construction and...
September 21, 2016

Those Days 003: Jussi Oksanen, 2007

Is it the clunk of the Hasselblad V System camera, the hand wound shutter, the look down viewfinder, or...
September 16, 2016

Braving the elements to Approach Winter with Coal Headwear, a photo essay

Party boarding of the highest order, a combination of the buddy system and follow the leader.
September 15, 2016

Life on his terms: A Chris Beresford interview

A mom who died when he was five. A father who turned to alcohol. Chris Beresford has earned everything...
September 14, 2016

First snow of the 2016 season hits US resorts

It is mid-September, and for all of you who have been patiently waiting, we’re happy to say that snow...