Xtreme Verbier 2014
Watching a ski video, the common reaction is to look in awe and wish you could ski like that and be helicoptered to Alaska on the weekends. Watching it in real life, however, is a whole different kettle of fish and one of the incredible reasons that Verbier has, and retains, the prestige of being a resort famed for its backcountry…
Each year at the end of March, the world’s best freeriders arrive with a large and noisy band of sponsors, pop up stalls, shops, concerts and media for the sixth and final stage of the Freeride World Tour. These freeriders are often in those ski films, but this competitive side to the sport is much purer and allows them to pit themselves against their contemporaries. What makes Verbier so important, other than the title decider, is the infamous Bec de Rosses.
The Bec is the steepest, longest and most technical of all the FWT mountain, towering over Verbier at more than 3,200m, intimidating the best of them and for good reason. Ranging from 40% to 60% in pitch, it makes the itineraries in resort look like beginner slopes.
This year, we got a great show, with some huge drops, flips and big lines executed by the world’s best, all seen from the vantage point of the Col de Gentianes opposite. The highlights were numerous, but as the video below shows, it is always a mixed day for the competitors. Winning overall was Lois Collomb-Patton from La Clusaz and his large and enthusiastic home support got so carried away, some couldn’t even ski down by the end of the day and had to be carried onto the lifts. One of the potentially worst but edifying runs was that of Samuel Anthamatten, the guide from Zermatt, who took a huge fall over cliffs but still managed to recover and ride out.
If you missed the event this year, here are a few videos for you to enjoy, as well as the run of Sam Anthamatten and the men’s ski winner on the day, Reine Barkered. It was a great day that a lot of Ski Total guests and staff were watching and talking about over dinner. If you’re planning a chalet holiday to Verbier next year, make sure not to miss out on this fantastic event so keep an eye out for the 2015 dates!
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Update 21/04/2015: Sadly, we no longer feature Verbier as a resort, but do still feature some of the top resorts in the Alps. Click here to find out more.