FWT going to the wire for the Grand Finale at Verbier

snow action team 29.03.2017

In less than a week’s time the top-qualified riders on the FWT will make the trip to Verbier, Switzerland where they will compete in the final contest of the 2017 season on the legendary North Face of the Bec des Rosses. In a weather window extending from April 1-9, twelve male skiers, six male snowboarders, six female skiers, and four female snowboarders will attempt to secure the title of world champion in their respective disciplines.

It’s seriously steep up there © freerideworldtour.com / J Bernard

The riders, having qualified for the final after the third stop in Fieberbrunn, Austria, will drop into their lines from the exposed 3223m summit, with female riders competing on a slightly lower entry point on the summit ridge known as the Petit Bec.

It’s an awesome looking face – Snow Action were there (below skiing past, not that we wanted to die or anything skiing it, but it was already closed off for the comp) – and there are plenty of great vantage points to check it our live if you are there.

It’s easy to check out the face while skiing © Owain Price / SnowAction.com.au

Verbier is arguably the World’s #1 ski resort, and the Freeride World Tour final is their ultimate event.

The Grand Finale of the 2017 FWT marks ten years that the legendary 600m face, considered by most competitors to be the most technical and intimidating face on the Tour, poses its final challenge to riders on their path to becoming world champions.

Spectators can take part in the excitement at the Col des Gentianes viewing area, easily accessible from the pistes within the ski area. Activities including après ski, live music, vendor stands, and autograph sessions will take place all weekend in the village of Verbier and are open to the public.

The live webcast will be broadcasted on competition day at www.freerideworldtour.com for all categories and on Red Bull TV which features men’s categories and a women’s recap.

Showing the flag for the Southern Hemisphere is mighty Kiwi Sam Lee, fresh from 3rd in Alaska last week. Go Sam!

As contest day approaches, stay tuned to www.freerideworldtour.com and FWT social media channels for the most up-to-date event information and rider news.