Freeride World Tour Haines, AK : Gallery & Results

Aerial view of Haines, Alaska at sunset.
Down days are par for the course in Haines. Sammy Luebke tries for birdie during the disc golf tournament.
Jonathan Penfield at the 33 Mile Roadhouse in Haines, Alaska.
Endless spines and lines are why Haines is the mecca for big mountain riding.
Game day. First flight at first light to shuttle all athletes and crew to The Venue.
Christopher Galvin reflects on his line choice during course inspection at the Freeride World Tour in Haines, Alaska.
Anne-Flore Marxer is no stranger to charging in Alaska. All smiles while she plans her line.
Camille Armand was first to drop in Haines and scored a run not typical of a competition venue.
Jonathan Penfield recovered from a savage tomahawk up top with a stomped front 3 and this clean double.
Sammy Luebke airs out of a back 3 and into the whiteroom enroute to a 2nd place finish – good for enough points to lock down the overall tour title ahead of the finale in Verbier.
Christopher Galvin grabs indy at the Freeride World Tour in Haines, Alaska.
Ralph Backstrom found one of the nicer spine lines of the competition.
Flo Orley activated beast mode for his run in Haines – literally. The veteran donned a sasquatch suit and boosted onto the podium (3rd) with significant airtime throughout his run.
Haines local Ryland Bell, pointing it after a pair of 3s in the top half of his run.
Competing as a wildcard entry, Ryland Bell rode with the power and authority that comes from local knowledge, claiming 1st place in the process.
Anne-Flore Marxer also showed that Alaskan experience is invaluable, with a dominant 1st place run.
Post-mortem on the venue known as The Venue. It’s confusing, we know.
Judge / Legend Tom Burt does some post-game analysis with Ryland Bell and Chris Galvin
FWT Haines 2016 Woman's snowboard podium left to right: Estelle Balet (2nd), Anne-Flore Marxer (1st), Marion Haerty (3rd)
FWT Haines 2016 Men's snowboard podium L to R: Sammy Luebke (2nd), Ryland Bell (1st), Flo Orley (3rd)
Bust out the champ: the winners at the Freeride World Tour in Haines, Alaska L to R: Logan Pehota, Eva Walkner, Ryland Bell, Anne-Flore Marxer
Bigfoot sighting! Flo Orley stoked on his 3rd place finish going into his final competition in Verbier.
Ralph Backstrom is smiling because Ryland Bell just told him he's going to buy a round. For everyone in the bar.
30 jagers, 30 tequillas. Line ‘em up!
Knock 'em down!

Photos: Andrew Strain

Haines, Alaska, is the mecca of big mountain riding. Storms rage for days on end, plastering the rugged slopes with snow that defies the angle of repose. The fluted spines that form attract an annual pilgrimage of film crews from around the world.

The Swatch Freeride World Tour staged their inaugural Haines competition last March, despite numerous logistical challenges. Typically held at or adjacent to a resort, dozens of heli loads are needed to mobilize the staff, athletes, and equipment required to run the event, and the remote Alaskan location wreaks havoc on communications.

In 2015, weather prevented the competition from running during the allotted 7 day holding period (it went on day 10); this year, a satellite issue blacked out the live broadcast. Still, the unique terrain in Alaska is the ultimate yardstick for freeriding, making Haines a mandatory stop on the FWT.

For 2016, the event again had a one week holding period of March 17-25. Thankfully, a brief window opened up and the comp was a go after (only!) four down days. With better than forecast weather on March 21, the riders slayed spines under bluebird skies.

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Watch the full replay here: http://freerideworldtour.com/calendar/swatch-freeride-world-tour-haines-alaska-2016

Results:

1. Ryland Bell

2. Sammy Luebke

3. Flo Orley

Women:

1. Anne-Flore Marxer

2. Estelle Balet

3. Marion Haerty

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