After an amazing kickoff to the 2011 season in Chamonix Mont-Blanc, last weekend the Freeride World Tour went to the Corvatsch ski resort in Engadin St. Moritz for the Nissan Freeride Engadin St. Moritz by Swatch, the second of the six-event tour for the men.
Freeriders were surprised by the quality of both the snow and the number of features. Local riders told Freeride World Tour athletes they had rarely seen the north face of the Corvatsch in such great condition for the contest. The steep (45˚-60˚), 550meter face included two starts and what head judge Martin Winkler (AUT) described as "myriad opportunities for winning lines including broad open faces, plenty of goat lines and loads of features of all sizes". Once on the face riders found a variety of conditions from knee-deep powder to thinly-covered landings and grippy snow that made it difficult to maintain control through the high speed finish.