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Some of the best freeriders in the world are in Verbier preparing for the Verbier Extreme. Bad weather has delayed the finale of the Freeride World Tour but it is now on for Monday. UPDATED

It is the news everyone has wanted to hear.


The competition is CONFIRMED for Monday, April 3rd

Categories to drop in the following order:

- Snowboard Women - 9:00AM

- Ski Women - 9:20AM

- Snowboard Men - 10:00AM

- Ski Men - 10:20AM

It's on!It's on!









It all takes place on the north face of the Becs des Rosses.

Twelve male skiers, six male snowboarders, six female skiers, and four female snowboarders will attempt to secure the title of world champion in their respective disciplines.

It had been hoped to run it on Saturday or Sunday but its had to be called off due to poor visibility.














The riders, having qualified for the final after the third stop in Fieberbrunn, Austria, will drop into their lines from the exposed 3,223m summit, with female riders competing on a slightly lower entry point on the summit ridge known as the Petit Bec.

The Grand Finale of the 2017 FWT marks ten years that the 600m face poses its final challenge to the competitors.

It is considered by most to be the most technical and intimidating face on the Tour.

Bec des RossesBec des Rosses















See here for the PlanetSKI coverage from last year as the winners were crowned.

For the first time in the ten-year history of the Swatch Freeride World Tour, the top three riders in the ski men category have the same amount of points (6080) leading into the grand finale: Léo Slemett (FRA), Loïc Collomb-Patton (FRA), and Kristofer Turdell (SWE) 

There are several possible outcomes that will determine the world champion, but if any of the three riders wins first place, they become the new world champion.

Three-way battle Three-way battle









Each rider's suite of possible paths to the podium depends on the exact finishing results of the other athletes in the category.

Leo Slemett has been skiing especially strong this year; landing big backflips and earning a stunning win in Andorra as the young rider builds his already impressive resume. 

Last year was Kristofer Turdell's first season on the FWT and he quickly earned a reputation for taking huge airs but not always stomping.

Turdell pulled together a winning line in this year's Fieberbrunn event which exemplifies how he puts it all on the line with a "go big or go home" strategy.

But will this strategy work on the high consequence lines of the Bec?

Former world champion Collomb-Patton is riding as hard as ever, fresh off a win in Alaska, and is the only one of the trio who has previously competed on the Bec.

Collomb-Patton has deep roots in freestyle skiing and is always integrating big flips and spins into his run with a hard-charging, fast style.

His experience in being the world champion shows he has what it takes to make the right decisions on competition day.

Thousands of spectators will watch from the Col des Gentianes viewing area, easily accessible from the pistes and within the ski area.

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PlanetSKI will be covering the event and bringing you videos of the action.

Activities including après ski, live music, vendor stands, and autograph sessions will take place all weekend in the village of Verbier and are open to the public.

See here for a video we made of the event a few years back.


See here for the main PlanetSKI news page with all the latest stories from the world of snowsports.

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