Thursday, February 12, 2015

FWT 2015 Journal. Face Check In Vallnord-Arcalis, Andorra

The FWT has landed in a brand spanking new location, Vallnord, Andorra! In today's journal we head up the mountain with the guides to check on conditions for Fridays comp,

The Swatch Freeride World Tour by the North Face stop in Vallnord-Arcalis (AND) is confirmed for tomorrow Friday 13th 2015 with first start at 10am (CET). The event has been re-scheduled one day ahead to make sure the competition can happen in the best possible conditions for the riders.
Vallnord-Arcalis have proven to be more than ready for this event – even with the ever changing snow conditions the winter has delivered so far. Fortunately, the mountains here offer many great possibilities and there has been discussions and on site guide checks of options from A to E and F - all with different exposure and altitude to choose from.

The face finally chosen, the Portella d'Arcalis, was not option A, but it certainly has many line opportunities and proposes challenges of many different kinds. There is a 45 degree steep top section with narrow passages and changing snow quality. There are cliffs of all sizes and many more trees than usual in these contests.
The rider who knows this face better than anyone else is, not surprisingly, the local FWQ skier Dani Fornell (AND) who has received a wild card for this stop. He is an experienced freerider and was generously helping out some of his peers during the face check with advice. He describes the face as "...very playful. Despite it being a little short, it has a ton of different options. Hundreds of cliffs and many passages".
He went on to explain one of the bigger challenges characteristic to this face: "It's very easy to get lost, so you have to really memorize it well today", Dani explained. "I have a small advantage in that sense. But we are talking about some very, very good riders here and I know they will do well. I hope we will see many lines of very different nature, because the face really makes this possible".


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