As the female Freeride World Tour riders did not take part in the Nissan Russian Adventure by Swatch, their second FWT contest took place yesterday in Fieberbrunn, Austria. A Freeride World Qualifier for men, but counting as FWT event for female FWT riders. With a great welcoming of the Tyrolean resort, the Scott Big Mountain Fieberbrunn, was a success, showing some world class skiing and snowboarding down the north east facing "Wildseeloder" face. A varied face with one very steep and technical side and one side with more open spaces for fast and playful riding.
Freeride World Champion Ane Enderud (NOR) was back in competition after she cancelled the first FWT competition in Chamonix-Mont-Blanc for back problems. Yet again she showed great skill and won the women’s ski discipline. German Aline Bock took victory in the snowboard category with a very solid run, putting her on top of the leaderboard of the Freeride World Ranking.
"Ane made the most complete run of the female skiers, by skiing really fluid even at the technical part of the face with a good flow all the way down, taking several airs, including sticking a big drop into the main couloir without any hesitation", said Martin Winkler, Head Judge Ski.
Several Freeride World Tour riders entered the Fieberbrunn World Qualifier competition to score important points for the ranking, in tough competition with many upcoming talents. Local Austrian FWT rider Max Zipser won the men’s snowboard category by taking the most technical line of the day. He went down the face really fast where sections steeper than 50 degrees did not seem to slow him down. FWT rider Matthias Haunholder, also from Austria, won the skiers category in tie with an upcoming rider Samuel Anthamatten.
Fieberbrunn is located in the PillerseeTal, a mountain valley situated in the North East of Tyrol. It borders on the Province of Salzburg and Bavaria. The five villages of Fieberbrunn, Hochfilzen, St. Jakob in Haus, St. Ulrich am Pillersee and Waidring have joined together to become an all-year-round holiday region with the eponymous Pillersee at the centre. Fieberbrunn is the snowhole of the Kitzbüheler Alpen.
The third Freeride World Tour stage for both male and female riders will be held in Squaw Valley USA on the infamous Tram Face, February 27th.