Saturday, March 19, 2011

Nissan Xtreme Verbier 2011 by Swatch: Mythical Bec des Rosses

The Nissan Xtreme Verbier 2011 by Swatch , the sixth and final stage of the 2011 season, will be held on Verbier’s legendary Bec des Rosses. This year’s event will be a true battle royale with more than five men skiers who, with a win in Verbier, can still be crowned Freeride World Champion.
Since its inception in 1996 the Xtreme has been considered the most prestigious event in the Freeride world. For the grande finale of the Freeride World Tour the elite of Freeride will tackle the mythical North Face of the Bec des Rosses, a dauntingly steep and frighteningly jagged 500m rock-face. In places, the Bec des Rosses presents 55 degrees of slope. In an upright position one can almost lean on the face with ones elbow. With steep and narrow couloirs, high rock cliffs, changing snow and terrain, it demands technical skill, great physical conditioning and a connection with the mountain that only experience can bring. Around 5000 spectators will join the riders at one of the most beautiful natural arenas of the Alps, the Col des Gentianes in Verbier.

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