Nendaz Freeride 4* 2017 Confirmed!
Here we go for the 11th edition of the Nendaz Freeride
Like every year for the last ten years, some of the world's best athletes will challenge each other this Friday 10 (qualifications) and Saturday 11 or Sunday 12 March (finals to confirm) in the framework of the prestigious Nendaz Freeride. The finals can be followed from the Plan du Fou in a zone specially prepared for the occasion or live on internet.
After the success of the junior competition on 5 March (see video below), the Valais-resort of Nendaz is preparing to welcome the elite of freeride. A vast amount of snow has fallen during the last few days and sunshine is forecast for the end of the week. The competition should therefore take place as scheduled :
- Qualifications on the north face Dent de Nendaz (Marètez) on Friday 10 March from 9 am
- Access by the Tracouet cable car from Haute-Nendaz
- Finals at the Mont-Gond on Saturday 11 or Sunday 12 (to confirm) from 9 am
- Access by the cable car of Plan du Fou from Siviez or by Tracouet/Les Fontaines from Haute-Nendaz
In view of the announced conditions and of the excellent level of the athletes registered, the record of 10,000 spectators for the finals should be attained. Everything is provided to welcome them at the Plan du Fou : public zone with catering, giant screen and live commentaries. The Nendaz Freeride, rated 4 stars, is considered today as being the sixth largest freeride competition
in the world and the biggest competition of the Freeride World Qualifier (FWQ). This is why it attracts a great number of international athletes, avid for thrills.
In the prize category "Ski Men", Leo Slemett, triple winner of the Nendaz Freeride, is awaited for the defence of his title. In great shape, he does in fact hold the world's first place of the Freeride World Tour (FWT) after having made his mark at Chamonix during the last leg. Also skiing for the podium will be the Russian Ivan Malakhov and the New Zealander Sam Lee, respectively 4th and 7th of this same classification. On the Swiss side it is hoped that Yann Rausis will attend, having won 5th place at the Nendaz Freeride 2016 and enjoying an excellent season with a third place in the FWT.
In the "Snowboard Men" category, the winner of the previous edition, the German Johannes Schnitzer, will also make the trip. If he intends to win another gold medal, he will have to work hard faced with Ludovic Guillot-Diat of France and Clément Bochatay who currently dominate the Freeride World Qualifier (FWQ). Two local athletes, Florian Bouvet Fournier and Tibor Sesti could also be successful thanks notably to their excellent knowledge of the site.
It is in the category "Ski Women" that the chances of a Swiss medal are however strongest with the presence of Elisabeth Gerritzen (7th of the FWT) and Maude Besse (5th of the FWQ).
With the female snowboarders, victory should be played out between Mikaela Hollsten of Finland who already won in the past at Nendaz, and the Russian Anna Orlova.
The Freeride World Tour (which can be compared with the Super League in soccer) assembles the best skiers and snowboarders in the world. The finals take place each year during the Xtreme of Verbier.
The Freeride World Qualifier (comparable with the Challenge League) is the equivalent competition intended for nonprofessional athletes. It consists of a series of international competitions spread over three continents : Europe, North America and Oceania. It began last April and will finish this April. Above all, it is a true springboard in which skiers and snowboarders take part with one sole objective : to obtain a "pass" to enter world class, namely to participate in the reference competition of the freeride world, the Freeride World Tour.
Here is the link to follow the live the day of the final:
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