Freeride World Tour in Courmayeur
Some of the most skilled boarders and skiiers in the world headed to Courmayeur, Italy last week to show off on the Tête d’Arp, a sheer 600 metre slope of Mont Blanc never ridden in competition before.
The 33 skiers and 15 snowboarders picked a perfect day for it, with blue skies and deep, fresh powder on the spectacular south-side of Mont Blanc.
The top section of the Tête d’Arp is a steep 45 degrees, ideal for a big mountain charge. Below, lying in wait, are a variety of mounds, ditches and undulations allowing the riders scope for jumps, tricks and multiple airs.
Italy's Markus Eder won with a triumphant 89, 67 points. The rider had a late start and picked a unique entry, skiing precariously down the ridge to hit the steep slope at a controlled but phenomenal speed. Judges were blown away by a backflip and a huge left side 360, followed an impressive backwards switch ride.
A first-timer on home turf, young Eder give a modest interview, saying “I’m stoked with my line. I didn’t expect to win as I did a little mistake on my backflip. I hoped to be on the podium but to win is really fantastic.”
Nicolas Hale-Woods, FWT General Manager Europe said: “For a third consecutive year we have had perfect conditions and an amazing playground here in Courmayeur on the south side of Mont Blanc." The team are crossing Mont Blanc to Chamonix in France to do it all again next week.
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