Orage European Freeski Open Blasts Off Tomorrow

Posted By: Zeke Piestrup on March 16, 2009 3:00 pm

The Orage European Freeski Open by Swatch has been credited as the uniting force on the European Freeski front and has become arguably one of the best slope and pipe contests of the season.  Hosted in Laax Switzerland at Crap Sogn Gion Mountain from March 17 – 21, 2009 the open is back once again.

The Orage European Freeski Open provides an arena for the best pipe and slopestyle skiers, both pro and am. to battle it out for the $50,000 usd prize purse and top honors in what is by far, Europe’s premier freeski event.

With over 200 athletes, both male and female, pro and amateur the competition is top notch.  24 of the world’s best athletes will receive invitations based on last years top 5 at the Orage European Freeski Open, podium finishes at the Winter X Games, The US Freeskiing Open and other marquee events.  They include Xavier Bertoni (pictured) Paddy Graham, PK Hunder, Jossi Wells, Colby West, Jen Hudak, and Jess Cumming.

Orage European Freeski Open
WINNERS 2006-2008
2006 Slopestyle:  Virginie Faivre (SUI), Simon Dumont (USA)
Halfpipe:  Marie Martinod (FRA), Candide Thovex (FRA)

2007 Slopestyle:  Virginie Faivre (SUI), PK Hunder (NOR)
Halfpipe:  Grete Eliassen (NOR), Jossi Wells (NZE)

2008 Slopestyle:  Virginie Faivre (SUI), Russell Henshaw (AUS)
Halfpipe:  Sarah Burke (CAN), Mike Riddle (CAN)

home page photo by Christian Stadler

Xavier Bertoni photo (left) by Philipp Rueggli

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