Saturday, April 5, 2014

A Look Back at the FWT14: Chamonix


The second stop of the 2014 Swatch Freeride World Tour by The North Face (FWT) took place on January 25th. Mont Blanc created a picturesque background for the competition at La Flégère ski area on the Aiguille Pourrie face.Aiguille Pourrie is a steep and playful venue providing riders ample opportunity to showcase both their big mountain and freestyle skills. Sunny conditions and fresh powder snow created great conditions for riding, but wind the evening before the competition made the top half of the slope extra challenging. Male and female skiers and snowboarders competed in the event representing sixty-nine of the world’s best freeriders.
Loïc Collomb-Patton, a new rider on the tour, repeated his victory in Courmayeur by securing the top score in men’s skiing of 83.50 and winning first place. Collomb-Patton’s run was hard charging and technical. He wowed the crowd and judges with an enormous left side 360 off a consequential cliff perfectly executing the landing. "This is incredible! I was a bit stressed at the top about my run but I thought it was a beautiful day and decided I should just have fun", exclaimed an ecstatic Collomb-Patton. He also dedicated his run to his father.
In this video Hugo Harrison (Head Judge - Ski) analyzed Sammy Loïc Collomb-Patton winning run.
"We saw a lot of good skiing and lines. Freestyle made the difference to the judges. For example, the first place male skier, Loïc, he showed good freestyle and that he's the guy who can do it all. That's the kind of style, which is going to win these events more and more these days".

The Swatch Freeride World Tour By The North Face (FWT) is the premier big mountain freeskiing and snowboarding tour in the world, featuring the sport’s top athletes competing in the world’s best mountain resorts. Created in 2008, the FWT became even more global in 2012 following the union of North American-based Freeskiing World Tour, The North Face Masters of Snowboarding, and the European-based Swatch Freeride World Tour. The 2014 tour consists of six stops on two continents, with four events being held in Europe (Courmayeur, ITA, Chamonix-Mount-Blanc, FRA, Fieberbrunn PillerseeTal, AUT and Verbier, SUI) and two in North America (Snowbird instead of Kirkwood, USA and Revelstoke, CAN).

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