16. Verbier Xtreme

Mike Brindley Mike Brindley

 

Rider: Mitch Tölderer, Photo: Tero Repo
Rider: Mitch Tölderer, Photo: Tero Repo

Verbier Xtreme is the gripping climax of the Freeride World Tour. One at a time, riders pick lines and test their reactions in the maze of cliff drops set against the rocks of Bec des Rosses in the Swiss Alps.

We’ve all seen backcountry lines in powder fields but Xtreme is a whole different kettle of fish, pick the wrong path here and you’re sending yourself head-first into a whole bunch of stone-work. Think of it like high-speed downhill rock climbing with a few patches of snow thrown in, one slip and you’re done…

Xavier de le Rue had a very close call last year, but watch him do it right with this line from 2011:

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