21 March 2024

Second event of the FWT Challenger by Orage Region 1 complete

2024 X OVER RIDE Kitzsteinhorn, Zell am See-Kaprun FWT Challenger offered a perfect face for competition with abundant freestyle and big mountain possibilities.

Following 10 years of successful 3* and 4* FWT Qualifier events, the X OVER RIDE Kitzsteinhorn hosted its first FWT Challenger event today. The face offered plenty of playful features at the top, with endless small hits for riders to unleash their freestyle, before giving way to a true big mountain zone scattered with huge cliffs to test their freeride skills. With lots of different options, riders delivered stellar performances, making a memorable day in the Austrian Alps.


Snowboard Men

Enzo Nilo (FRA) stacked his run with multiple features – including a perfect backflip and three 360s – as well as a huge cliff and another air, perfectly executing everything to take home the win. Fellow compatriot Gabin Bouzanne (FRA) wasn’t far behind in second place with a smooth line that included a massive 360, with Rémi Benamo (SUI) in third.  


I'm super happy with my run and the win, especially as the level with the other riders was so high! I did exactly what I wanted to do, and am satisfied with a good result following my fall at Monterosa.

Enzo Nilo, X OVER Ride Kitzsteinhorn FWT Challenger Winner

Snowboard Women

Tiphanie Perrotin (FRA) backed up her second-place finish in Monterosa with a win here at Kitzsteinhorn, to firmly announce her intentions of requalifying for FWT 2025. She went full speed down the face, oozing with style and control, including a huge cliff to secure the top spot. Just two points behind was Mikaela Hollsten (FIN) in second – showcasing her fluid style and integrating nice drops – ahead of Noémie Equy (FRA) in third, who delivered a run defined by power, speed and a 360 for good measure. 


It was a great run with changing conditions from start to finish, but I'm glad I was able to ride a smooth line with fluidity and speed. I'm super happy it ended like that!

Tiphanie Perrotin, X OVER Ride Kitzsteinhorn FWT Challenger Winner

Ski Women 

The big question in this category is, can anyone stop Lena Kohler (GER)? Lena secured her second win in a row to race ahead in the overall rankings, with a run that included two massive cliffs backed up by incredible style, control and speed. Local rider Ulla Gilot (AUT) took the second spot with a massive cliff and numerous smaller features, and Lou Barin (FRA) wrapped up the podium in third with a controlled run with lots of jumps at high speed. 


It's so incredible and crazy to win two stops in a row; I'm so excited for more!

Lena Kohler, X OVER Ride Kitzsteinhorn FWT Challenger Winner

Ski Men

The top three riders in the Ski Men category all finished with 90 points or more, highlighting the level these young guns are pushing the sport. Tiemo Rolshoven (GER) claimed the top spot today and, in doing so, rocketed up the rankings to number one. His run was stylish and fluid, incorporating a backflip and a massive 360 and entering some of the more technical zones on the face. Virgile Didier (FRA) combined a flat 360, a backflip and an enormous double at the end of his run to take second, ahead of Ugo Troubat (FRA) in third.


I'm really happy with my run, especially as I didn't really ride well in Monterosa, but today I managed to land everything!

Timeo Rolshoven, X OVER Ride Kitzsteinhorn FWT Challenger Winner

The race to the Freeride world tour 2025 continues

With two events down and only one to go in Region 1 of the FWT Challenger by Orage, the race to qualify for FWT 2025 is nearing a close. Apart from Lena Kohler in the Ski Women’s category – who is enjoying a 2,300 points lead – the rankings are tight, increasing the pressure going into the next event, the 2024 French Freeride Series Avoriaz FWT Challenger. Until then, stay tuned to the FWT social channels for all the latest updates as they drop.