The second stop of the Swatch Freeride World Tour 2013 by The North Face landed the athletes at Courmayeur Mont Blanc in Italy at the “Tête d’Arp,” which had never been ridden in competition prior. Snowboarder Aurélian Routens of France clinched his first victory with skier Markus Eder of Italy winning the skiers bracket in the men’s only event. Fresh powder and great conditions greeted the powerful line up of 33 skiers and 15 snowboarders entered in the competition. The athletes found the top section steeper, since it was 45 degrees big mountain style, but the lower part gave leeway for some crowd pleasing tricks and big air.
Eder chose a terrific line and had the liveliest performance of the day including a backflip, left side 360, and riding switch for a portion. Eder definitely pumped up the crowd as he exclaimed, “I’m stoked with my line. I didn’t expect to win as I did a little mistake on my backflip. I hoped to be on the podium but to win is really fantastic.”
Routens had a high speed run featuring clean riding with some airs at the steep exposed section of the top, but finished with an impressive straight line to the bottom. Routens commented, “I was just riding as I am used to ride in my hometown La Grave. It’s a nice surprise and I am super happy.”
Team USA boarder John Rodosky received a well deserved 78.67 points from the judges as he performed multiple clean freestyle tricks into the backcountry.
Following the two our of six events, Aurélian Routens leads the Men’s Snowboard overall with his win and Jérémie Heitz leads the Men’s ski overall with his podium features. Competition continues in Kirkwood, California on February 27th with the Men’s and Women’s Ski and Snowboard.