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Verbier Freeride Week Juniors 2* Recap

Young riders from across Europe competed at a face in Bruson and battled extremely difficult conditions caused by light snow, fog, and low visibility.

Challenging conditions have been the name of the game across the alps this year and the latest FJT event in Verbier, Switzerland was no exception. The opening kick-off event in Axamer Lizum, Austria was postponed due to lack of snow in the Alps, making the event held in Verbier the first stop on the FJT16. Young riders from across Europe competed at a face in Bruson and battled extremely difficult conditions caused by light snow, fog, and low visibility. Turning conditions were difficult and riders had to face very heavy, dense snow with flat light.

Despite these challenges, the Juniors really stepped up their game and gave judges and spectators an excellent show with powerful vibe of comradery and perseverance.  As riders crossed the finish line, shouts of joy and stoke penetrated the thick fog as the juniors realized they were also out there to have fun.

The top Ski Men riders gave a strong show, with powerful lines coming straight out of the gate in low visibility, with a strong showing by Switzerland. Hugo Dentan (SUI) took the lead with a fast run and stylish airs which was closely followed by Lake Schorderet (SUI)  with tight style and fast skiing. Alan Jordan (SUI) also had a big air at the top and clean run, making quick work of the face.

The Ski Women held their own, with the girls tackling the difficult conditions of the face with grace and style. The Frenchwoman Illona Carlod (FRA) dominated the day with aggressive skiing and and strong line choice, followed closely by the Suissesses Emeline Moorhead (SUI) and Eva Battolla (SUI).

Far from home, Mexican Liam Rivera took the snowboarders’ podium as he battled low visibility with solid riding all the way down the complex face. Thomas Schlichting (SUI) and Loïc Aubert (SUI) brought it home from the host country with impressive runs given the conditions.

With lots of strong riding coming out the juniors, it will be very interesting to see what these talented young guys pull off when the conditions are slightly more ideal. Don’t miss the next European stop on the FJT, which will be held in legendary Chamonix-Mont-Blanc for the French Freeride Juniors on January 16/17, 2016 and don't miss the Freeride Junior World Championships in Grandvalira, Andorra on Januray 28-30 where 6 of these 9 podium riders will show us what they got!

Photos credits : Thomas Bekker