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The Freeride World Tour ends in Verbier with some stunning runs on the Bec des Rosses - updated with videos. NEW & UPDATED

After several days of unsettled weather the event fianlly got underway.

28 athletes for the final event of the five-stop FWT were delighted by excellent snow conditions on the 600 vertical metre north face of the Bec des Rosses (3223m).

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It really is quite a setting:

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The event started with a three-way tie at the top of the FWT ski leaderboard between Léo Slemett (FRA), Loïc Collomb-Patton (FRA) and Kristofer Turdell (SWE).

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It was broken by Léo Slemett's (FRA) spectacular run which began with a committing 360 in the exposed upper part of the venue and was followed by a series of high amplitude airs, earning him the much deserved world title.

Yet it was Reine Barkered (SWE) who hammered a stunningly fast line through most of the biggest features of the face with his renowned control and veteran mastery that took today's top performance in ski men.

Reine Barkered's winning run below:

Léo Slemmett's run below:


Despite Sammy Luebke (USA) already solidifying his world champion title after the penultimate stop in Haines, Alaska, he still sent two enormous airs in the Dogleg Couloir section of the venue and once again took first place on the Bec.

Rookie Davey Baird (USA) held his own and rode an untouched part of the venue with an impressive double air which topped off a solid first year on the tour.

Sammy Luebke's winning run below:


Watch Ralph Backstrom's dramatic fall in the Verbier final:

Backstrom's tumble was so violent it inflated his avalanche airbag.


A suspenseful competition took place in the field as Eva Walkner (AUT) secured her lifelong dream of winning the Xtreme with the biggest and cleanest airs of the day.

Third place was enough to place tour veteran Lorraine Huber (AUT) at the top of the overall ranking and earn her first world champion title.

Eva Walkner's run below:



Marion Haerty (FRA) capped a phenomenal season and clinched the title of world champion with her second place run comprised of cleanly stomped airs and beautiful riding.

Anne-Flore Marxer (SUI/FRA) took the top position today with the most aggressive line featuring the field's largest airs of the day.

Anne-Flore Marxer run below:


And just in case you want to get an idea of how steep the Bec des Rosses is:


You can watch the entire women's competition in the video below with specific women's snowboard/ski start times indicated.

Snowboard women start at - 8 minutes: 26 seconds

Ski women start at - 28 minutes: 36 seconds

A replay of the all the men's ski and snowboard runs can be seen here.


Congratulations to all the riders.

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Photos c/o Jeremy Bernard photography

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