[Marion Haerty ripping a Chamonix line. Photo: J Bernard/Freeride World Tour.]
We roll into the women's week for European Rider of the Year Awards, and start back in 5th place with a rider who's gone from freestyle to the pinnacle of competitive freeriding in a scant couple of years...
“It’s always fun to see her ride, and on top of that she won the Freeride World Tour!"
- Seppe Smits
Two years ago, Marion Haerty could be found park-lapping her way around France, but 2016 threw up a wildcard invite to the Freeride World Tour. Her rookie year found her snagging podiums at all but one event, including a third place finish in snowboarding’s holy land - Alaska - but that was all a setup for what was to come.
"Her rookie year found her snagging podiums at all but one event, including a third place finish in snowboarding’s holy land - Alaska - but that was all a setup for what was to come."
2017 got off to a shaky start on the FWT, with Marion coming in 7th at the first event in Andorra. However, wins at the next two stops gave her enough points to lead the tour going into Alaska again, setting up a tight finale in Verbier with her pitted against two of the most experienced female freeriders around: Anne-Flore Marxer and Shannan Yates. A second place down the Bec des Rosses was enough to clinch an overall victory on just her second season competing in freeriding - an amazing feat and one best not overlooked amongst the numerous slopestyle and park riders.
And not to be one wanting to be labelled as purely a contest rider, Marion also logged some tasty bib-free freeride footage in her recent Midnight Tells edit, charting the evolution her riding has taken over the past couple of winters.