Riders e spettatori sono stati accolti dai cieli blu e dalle ottime condizioni di neve, infatti dopo un inizio di stagione relativamente asciutto, una recente tempesta ha scaricato molta neve sulle cime del comprensorio che lo rendono una delle destinazioni freeride più importante tra le montagne dei Pirenei.
Le cime del Basser Negre offerto una combinazione di canaloni stretti insieme a pulite run-out e una moltitudine di opzioni per evoluzioni aeree.
Si parte a 2.680 mt per quasi 400 metri di dislivello a 40° di pendenza permettendo ai concorrenti di creare line ed evoluzioni superlative.
I Risultati per le diverse discipline (ENG)
Jackie Paaso (USA) always sends it big and today was no exception. With some huge airs up high on the venue, Passo was able to once again emerge victorious in today’s event. Former champion Eva Walkner (AUT) put together a solid run skiing a creative line on the skier’s left of the venue for a second place finish. Third on the podium was rookie Evelina Nilsson (SWE) who demonstrated excellent control and solid riding.
The level of competition was incredibly high today as riders were able to combine creative freestyle tricks with full-throttle runs. Jérémie Heitz (SUI) had a screaming fast run but once again saw the first place spot slip away as Kirstoffer Turdell (SWE) hammered an incredibly impressive line down the face with a huge air, taking the top spot. With a risky but technically difficult line with big airs, Ivan Malahkov came in very close behind Heitz. Unfortunately, local favorite Dani Fornell-Prat (AND) sustained a leg injury along with Kiwi crusher Sam Smoothy (NZL). After the incredible performances by these top freeriders, their fate will be determined during the upcoming four stops as they make their way to the finals in Verbier, Switzerland. Don’t miss out on the next stop on February 6, 2016 in Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, France, where riders will prove themselves at the fabled freeride Mecca.
It was tough to keep an eye on Londoner Sascha Hamm (GBR) as he hammered a powerful line with big airs right off the summit to take the top spot. Christoffer Granbom (SWE) followed suite with a powerful run and airs that showed mastery of the difficult conditions bringing him into second place. Young Chamoniard Camille Armand (FRA) came in third with a strong run that featured a smoothly stomped backflip mid-venue.
Reigning champ Estelle Balet (SUI) once again took the top spot as her creative line choice demonstrated this young rider’s experienced skillset. Marion Haetry (FRA) took an impressive line in the same zone as Sascha Hamm, but unfortunately had some loose riding near the finish that pushed her into the second place. Mikaela Hollsten (FIN) held a strong run together that nudged former Olympian Kjersti Buaas (NOR) off the podium.
Fans were able to catch all the amazing action that went down today in Vallnord-Arcalís on our live broadcast, so don’t forget to check out www.freerideworldtour.com to live all the cutting-edge riding that will go down at the Chamonix-Mont-Blanc stop in a few weeks.