Freeride World Tour finals postponed for incoming snow

March 21st, 2014 by

The Freeride World Tour has had a challenging season in terms of snow conditions and the Xtreme Verbier finals are proving to be no different. The sun has been shining here in the Swiss Alps and while visitors are enjoying the spring-like conditions, the Bec des Rosses competition venue could use a little freshening up in terms of snow. The competition, originally slated for tomorrow, has been put on hold with hopes that mother nature will work her magic. Luckily, the forecast for the weekend is promising and event organizers are utilizing the schedule’s built-in weather window.

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The Bec des Rosses competition venue

While the event is on hold, athletes were able to get up on “The Bec” for an on-hill inspection today. This gave those who haven’t been there a good feel for the face, and those who are returning, a reminder of just how intense it is. This is the most demanding terrain on the tour and misjudging your line can have catastrophic consequences. With a venue like this, the the athletes were no doubt thankful to get on the hill and feel it out.

As the athletes mentally prepare for the big day, visitors are being treated to festivities in town that include live music, new products on display, slack line demos, and nightly parties.

The Junior competition will take place on the “Junior Bec” face (lookers left of the main face) tomorrow starting at 8 am. And if the weather cooperates, organizers are hoping to host the main competition on Tuesday or Wednesday. Stay tuned for updates.

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