News: The Freeride World Tour Visits Chamonix Mont-Blanc, France This Weekend

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January 20, 2011

Chamonix Mont-Blanc, France – The Nissan Freeride de Chamonix Mont-Blanc 2011 by Swatch confirms the event will happen at Courmayeur on the Italian side of Mont Blanc. Despite low-tide snow conditions throughout the Alps, the high elevation of the Mont Blanc range has enabled a good snowpack without the deterioration found at lower levels.

The event will be held at Courmayeur on the Italian side of Mont Blanc. The 300-meter north face tops out at 2800 meters and features multiple entries and loads of great features which the riders will use to express their full range of skills.

“A big part of the success of the Freeride World Tour is the criteria that each competition face must meet. Not every event will be a powder fest but we can say that we work very hard to make sure each venue is suitable for an elite competition and is safe for the riders.” –Nicolas Hale-Woods, FWT Founder and Director.

It’s important to note the event will not happen on Saturday, 22 January. The start date and time will be confirmed at 12:00 on Friday. Check or Facebook or Twitter for up-to-the-minute info. The elite field includes Freeride World Champions Xavier de Le Rue (FRA, men snowboard) and Aline Bock (GER, women snowboard) as well as local hero and 2009 Freeride World Champ ion Aurélien Ducroz (FRA, men ski). Other names to watch include Henrik Windstedt (SWE, men ski), Tim Dutton (USA, men ski), Mitch Toelderer (AUS, men snowboard) and winner of last weekend’s FWT11 women’s event in La Clusaz Janette Hargin (SWE, women ski). Click here for complete entry list.

Chamonix local and 3rd place in last year’s event James Stentiford (UK) comments: "The FWT crew have the best interests of the riders in mind and are not afraid to cancel a competition. Just look at last year in Sochi when they postponed the event for too much snow!”

The event's teaser:

FWT Activities in Chamonix Mont-Blanc This Weekend

Friday, 21 January
16:00 Press Conference – Media Center
16:30 Demo jib session – Event Village
17:00 Drink beer with the riders – Event Village
17:30 Opening ceremony and rider presentation – Event Village
18:00 Autograph session – Event Village
18:00 Concert – Event Village
18:30 Boat christening by Aurélien Ducroz – Event Village
21:00 FWT Movie Night featuring The Way I See It – Salle du Bicentenaire
23:00 Freegun party – Bar Le Choucas

Saturday, 22 Jan
16:30 Demo jib session – Event Village
18:00 Autograph session – Event Village
19:30 FWT Movie Night featuring Jeremy Jones’s Deeper – Salle du Bicentenaire
22:00 FWT official party – LeVert Hotel

Sunday, 23 Jan
16:00 Demo jib session – Event Village
17:00 Autograph session – Event Village
17:30 Concert by – Event Village
19:30 FWT Movie Night featuring Nomads – Salle du Bicentenaire

Monday, 24 January
19:30 FWT Movie Night featuring TGR’s Light the Wick – Salle du Bicentenaire

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