Sam Smoothy entered the Freeride World Tour final in Verbier as the man to beat. Unfortunately, the unstable snow conditions made for a crash course that sent Smoothy down the mountain winless. Yet Sam’s solid season gave him a fourth place finish in the Freeride World Tour Standings.
After a shaky start to the season with a 23rd place finish in Revelstoke, Smoothy quickly bounced back with a gold medal finish in Chamonix. Being the youngest competitor at age 25, Smoothy showed veteran consistency with a silver in Courmayeur and a bronze in Roldal. These three podium finishes in four events put Smoothy in contention for the top spot in Freeride World Tour Standings.
Sam could have been crowned World Champion at the second to last tour stop in Fieberbrunn, but a very difficult line proved the better and caused Smoothy to crash into an 18th finish. He was still leading in the overall standing. The solid finishes of his fellow competitors left the final in Verbier wide open.
The place Smoothy needed to finish in was based on his competitors. Unfortunately, Smoothy drew the first bid and took it to Verbeir to start the final Freeride World Tour competition. Smoothy risked it all and took the most difficult line off the massive “Hollywood Cliff.” Smoothy made his way down the cliff side onto what he thought was a perfect landing, until he came out one ski short. “I donʼt know exactly what happened,” says Smoothy. “The landing actually felt good and then suddenly I was tumbling through the snow.”
Despite his disappointing finish of 13th at Verbier, Sam Smoothy finished fourth in the overall Freeride World Tour Standings, as Reine Barkered took the top spot. “It is a bit of a shame, I would have liked to finish this great season a little better, but I am still proud of myself for what I have achieved. Reine was fantastic today and deservedly won, both here and the overall Tour. I will come back next season and try to be a bit more consistent. Maybe that way I will land on the podium in the overall tour standings.”