Freeride World Champions Crowned at the Nissan Xtreme Verbier 2011 by Swatch

Verbier, Switzerland – March 20, 2011 – The world’s best riders put on a great show today as they tested their skills against freeriding’s most legendary face, the Bec des Rosses in Verbier, Switzerland. Today’s event determined who would ride away with the title of 2011 Freeride World Champion. In front of 7000 cheering spectators, men and women skiers and snowboarders attacked the steep, 600-meter face in a technical battle that challenged the complete skills of every rider. Aurélien Ducroz (FRA), Mitch Toelderer (AUT), Janette Hargin (SWE) and Anne-Flore Marxer (SUI/FRA) take home the 2011 Freeride World Champion titles after the final competition of the six-event 2010 Freeride World Tour.

On a gorgeous day with a fresh blanket of cold snow and bluebird skies, riders competing today on the Bec des Rosses skied their best lines in an effort to join the elite few who have been able to call themselves Freeride World Champion. Prior to the event, organizers closed the top looker’s right of the face due to security reasons. However, several riders used creative line choices to find their way through the labyrinth of rocks, some to access the main cliff that was the key to winning today’s event.

Out of the five men skiers who were still in contention for the men’s overall ski title, it was Aurélien Ducroz (FRA) who skied the best line of the day with an outstanding run including two massive cliff drops and fast, confident riding on this challenging face. His performance was good enough to win him not only the top spot on the “Xtreme” podium but also the 2011 Freeride World Champion title. Samuel Anthamatten (SUI) is runner-up World Champion and Jérémy Prévost (FRA) takes third place overall, both in their first season on the Freeride World Tour.

The women skiers stepped up and put on a remarkable show today with the highest level of riding ever seen on the Freeride World Tour. Former Olympic Swedish ski racer Janette Hargin stunned the crowd with a fluid line that included several cleanly landed cliff drops. Her incredible performance earned her today’s win and the 2011 Freeride World Champion crown. Angel Collinson (USA), in her rookie year on the tour, took second overall and Janina Kuzma (NZL) is third.

In addition to a total cash purse of $60,000 for today’s event, each of the 2011 Freeride World Champions wins a NEW NISSAN JUKE.

by: Henrik Lampert

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