Slabs were sliding and skiers were flipping as the Freeride World Tour returned to Fieberbrunn.
After an exciting and eventful morning on the Wildseeloder face in Fieberbrunn, Austria, the third Freeride World Tour stop of the 2016 season is a wrap.
Italian Arianna Tricomi took the win in the women’s skiing contest, skiing fast and aggressively down the face. Nadine Wallner of Austria and Lauren Cameron of Canada rounded out the women’s podium.
On the men’s side, Norwegian Dennis Risvoll took the top spot with a line to skier’s left off the Wildseeloder, during which he stomped two backflips—one off an upper-section cliff, and another on a roller in the bottom section. The two inverts (and the solid skiing in between) were rewarded with a score of 92.66. Loic Collomb-Patton came in second with a smooth 360, big drops and a creative line choice, while Felix Wiemers of Germany snuck into third place on the last run of the day, with two backflips of his own.
The contest was put on hold briefly after the first two women to drop, Nadine Wallner and Hazel Birnbaum, both encountered some snow management issues—Wallner’s intended drop was swept clean by slough, and Birnbaum was swept down a chute by her slough. The contest continued after guides ski-cut the face, but small slabs and slides continued to break throughout the women’s and men’s contests, posing an additional challenge to riders’ line choice and skiing style. During the men’s contest, many skiers chose to avoid the slide-prone skier’s right side lines.
We’ll have the full story soon from our man on site; until then, here are some choice quotes from the livestream, and the results.
“I think Tabke took all my snow – that bastard!”
“Dude, I landed in a FAT bomb hole.”
“My shoulder was out after the first air, then I put it back in.”