Sunday, March 8, 2009
Nissan Freeride de Tignes
After the Nissan Russian Adventure in Sochi and the Nissan Tram Face in Squaw Valley, the world’s best ski and snowboard riders moves to France. The Nissan Freeride de Tignes event is the third of four Freeride World Tour (FWT). With over 40 cm of fresh snow, the first possible day for the contest is Tuesday, March 10th. The contest will take place on the north face of the Pramecou as it offers the best conditions for such a superb competition. The rider from Tignes, Guerlain Chicherit, has tested the current conditions on the slope where the start is at an altitude of 3000m.
Thanks to a Wild Card, the French champion Guerlain Chicherit comes back for the Nissan Freeride de Tignes. Even though he decided to stop competing, Guerlain Chicherit from Tignes finally decided to give in to the temptation to compete on the Grande Balme. "It is a face that I know well where I know I will have fun. And it’s my home" The Nissan Freeride de Tignes is the only competition in which the 4-time Freeride World Champion will compete in. At the base of the face, he will be impatiently awaited. He concentrates on filming and shooting, far from the pressure of competition, is however very happy with the arrival of the Freeride World Tour. "Thanks to this new World Tour, the sport of Freeride is more present in the media in Europe and this makes the sport evolve. The way the seeing the sport is different, with better prepared athletes, more control and less risk taking. It is a good thing".
Tignes offers to the skiers one of the most incredible Ski Paradises in the Alps: the Espace Killy, the Tignes and Val d'Isere combined skiing area, named in honour Jean-Claude Killy a magic skier, racing for Val d'Isere who won 3 gold medals in the 1968 Olympic games. 300 kilometres of slopes are served by 89 modern lifts. A playground for every skier with two glaciers (Pissaillas Glacier in Val d'Isere and the Grande Motte in Tignes), 154 runs and the Kingdom of Freeriding.
The final contest of the Freeride World Tour (FWT) will take place in Switzerland with the mythical Nissan Xtreme 09 in Verbier (20-29 Mar).