The Final Event Saw the Most Progressive Riding of the Tour
The fifth and final stop of the Freeride World Tour culminated with the Verbier Extreme on the famed Bec des Rosses face, with the top snowboarders laying it all on the line during the action packed event. This marked the 20th anniversary of the Freeride World Tour which started in Verbier in 1996. This year, conditions were thin, which made picking lines especially difficult, but the riders rose to the occasion and put down their best runs in this progressive big mountain competition.
On the men’s side of things, Jonathan ‘Douds’ Charlet took the win for Verbier stop, and also clinched the overall Freeride World Tour Title.
“I’m super stoked!” Charlet said following the event. “Everything was just great. I realized a run without any pressure – extraordinary! Long live the Argentois.” He continued.
Sammy Luebke took 2nd place overall and 3rd at Verbier. “The season was awesome… a lot of ups and downs but a lot of good times,” said Luebke, who came into the event ranked as number one overall.
“I had a great time with all my friends on the tour. Most of the events went off really well despite the tough conditions this year. I’m just pretty stoked to end the season up there on the podium,” he concluded.
On the women’s side of things, Estelle Balet of Switzerland won the tour title, by placing 2nd in Verbier.
“I’m really stoked to win the World Tour here in Verbier, even if I didn’t win the Verbier stage and I did a crappy run today,” she said. “So happy to be here with all my friends and my family. Big thanks to the organizers and see you all next year!” said Balet who was beaming after the event.
Nicola Thost, known for winning gold at the first Olympic Halfpipe event in Nagano, Japan in 1998, took her first run down the Bec des Rosses face and turned it into a win for the ladies division.
“My plan for today worked out really well, said Thost. “It was a perfect day, and I knew from the beginning that I would have a lot of fun. It was super fun to ride this mountain and I’m absolutely stoked I could take the win. The snow conditions were fine, and it’s just awesome to win Verbier. There’s really a positive vibe going on at this event, and this helps a lot to have fun and stay focused at the same time.“
Check out the snowboard highlights above, and peep the overall highlights video below.
Verbier Extreme Results
1st: Jonathon Charley
2nd: Emilien Badoux
3rd: Sammy Luebke
1st: Nicola Thost
2nd: Estelle Balet
3rd: Shannan Yates
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