WATCH: Highlights from Freeride World Tour in Chamonix

Posted By: The Ski Channel on January 24, 2011 12:57 pm


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Men Ski Podium:

1- Aurélien Ducroz (FRA)

2- Adrien Coirier (FRA)

3- Reine Barkered (SWE)

It was Aurélien Ducroz’s (FRA) fast, smooth line and big, cleanly stomped airs that enabled the Chamonix local to return to glory and put him in the lead to regain his 2009 Freeride World Champion title. Setting the tone for the day, Adrien Coirier (FRA) has returned to 100% after two years of back injuries have held him back. He opened the day with fast, committed skiing. Coirier’s line also proved to be a successful line for 3rd place Reine Barkered (SWE).

“As I was one of the last riders on the start list, I chose to ski a different line that had not yet been ridden to get good snow. It all turned out perfectly. It was pretty tricky at some places where I could not see much of the line (as it was so steep) but I was confident after my thorough inspection yesterday. I started off badly last year in Chamonix so this year I really wanted to win at home grounds and minimum finish 5th. Today I could handle all the pressure better.” –Aurélien Ducroz (FRA), winner ski.

Men Snowboard Podium:

1- Xavier De Le Rue (FRA)

2- Douds Charlet (FRA)

3- Aurélien Routens (FRA)

In the Men’s Snowboard division, Freeride World Champion Xavier de Le Rue (FRA) threw down what many thought to be the best run of the day with a couple of nice drops follwed by a fast clean double drop to straight line at the end of his run. With this win, de Le Rue continues his dominance of the Freeride World Tour by extending his streak of consecutive FWT wins to four.

Women Ski Podium:

1- Angel Collinson (USA)

2- Marja Persson (SWE)

3- Janette Hargin (SWE)

Although the women all started from the same starting gate their lines were varied with many ladies focusing on fluidity. However, it was the impressive combination of fast, smooth lines combined with a couple of cleanly stuck airs that distanced Angel Collinson (USA) from the rest of the pack.

Women Snowboard Podium:

1- Anne-Flore Marxer (CH-FRA)

2- Ursula Wohlschlager (AUT)

3- Nathalie Zenklusen (CH)

Today, it was the wild cards who stepped to the plate when freestyler Anne-Flore Marxer (FRA/SUI), competing in her rookie season of the tour, proved that women snowboarders can rip world class faces with aggressive grace. Second place was also taken by wild card Ursula Wohlschlager (AUT), which puts a new face on the women’s snowboarding division.