The Nissan Xtreme Verbier 2011 by Swatch , the sixth and final stage of the 2011 season, was held on Verbier’s legendary Bec des Rosses. 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 went to 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.
The Bec des Rosses is really an intimidating face and most riders are not so comfortable riding it. This whole episode is about that little stress at the top of this mythical mountain.