By Maximilian Ritter
What better venue to stage the second event of the 2016 Swatch Freeride World Tour than Chamonix—an area known for pushing the limits of what’s possible on skis. La Flegere Ski Resort, and its Alaska-like Aiguille Pourrie face, hosted the all-star cast of the Freeride World Tour this past weekend.
Athletes were treated to over a foot of fresh snow and bluebird skies that made for near perfect conditions. But many riders were not prepared for a powder day, as perennial favorites like Jeremie Heitz, George Rodney, and Julien Lopez could not hold together a successful run. All three skiers crashed on massive drops among whoops and hollers from the crowd.
First place went to France’s Loic Collomb-Patton, who threw down a heater of a run that featured a backflip to begin the line. Second place went to Canadian young-gun Logan Pehota for a super technical run on the far side of the venue. Austria’s Fabio Studer took home third after sending a flawless run littered with flips and spins off every feature in his way.
On the women’s side of the competition, Austria’s former world champ, Eva Walkner, took first with her signature fluid style, linking together several big airs with loads of speed. Italian Silvia Moser took second by sending two huge airs bigger than any of the other riders’ who hit them—male or female. Finally, third place went to Sweden’s Matilda Rapaport for charging straight down the biggest chute of the venue.
Athletes now have a few weeks to rest their legs and continue training before the FWT recharges at Fieberbrunn, Austria, on March 6th.