Verbier, Switzerland, Thursday 13 March 2008 Considered the most prestigious contest in the world of freeriding, the Nissan O’Neill Xtreme Verbier is confirmed to be held on Saturday 15 March at 9:15 CET from the west face of Mont Gélé. Due to snow conditions the contest has been relocated from the original face of Bec des Rosses to Mont Gélé. The Xtreme is also the final contest of the very first Freeride World Tour. On Saturday afternoon the Freeride World Champions 2008 will be crowned in Verbier.
37 male and female skiers and snowboarders will tackle the 45 degrees face of Mont Gélé (3023m), featuring various lines in narrow couloirs, high rock cliffs and changing snow and terrain. The top 10 ranked male skiers and snowboarders of the Freeride World Tour and five wild card skiers and two wild card snowboarders belong to the line up, as well as the two top ranked female skiers and snowboarders, and three female wild card skiers and two female wild cards snowboard.
The contest is easy to watch for spectators from Les Attelas, lift access all the way from Verbier village (count 45 minutes).
For the occasion, the main street in Verbier, Rue de Médran will for the weekend transform into an event village with food and drink stands, giant screen with films rolling, happenings for kids, autograph sessions with riders and much more.
A prize giving ceremony will take place directly after the contest at Les Attelas. A second ceremony will be held downtown Verbier later in the afternoon at 6 pm. The four World Champions will be crowned. The five contests of the Freeride World Tour has in total presented the greatest prize purse ever seen in freeride contests; 300 000 USD, including100 000 USD for the Nissan O’Neill Xtreme Verbier.
Live Coverage of Nissan O’Neill Xtreme Verbier As the previous contest Nissan Freeride de Tignes, the Nissan O’Neill Xtreme de Verbier, will be broadcasted live with different camera angles directly from the mountain. The contest will be transmitted live on freerideworldtour.com and freecaster as well as on TSR2, National Swiss TV.
Programme in short
Friday – Sunday 14-16 March: 13:00-22:00 Event Village Rue Médran with giant screen, food and drink stands, happenings for kids and more Friday 14 March: 18:15-19:00 Opening of the Xtreme & Bib Draw at EventVillage, Rue Médran
Saturday 15th: 07:45 Medran lift station opens for public access to contest site (best spot to watch the contest: Les Attelas) 09:15-12:00 Contest on West face of Mont Gelé 3023m Fore runners Raphael Bullet (snb) and Evariste Berney (ski) 13:00 (approx) Prize Giving at Les Attelas 18:00 Prize Giving at EventVillage, Rue de Médran
1 Xavier De Le Rue FRA 2 Flo Orley AUT 3 Alex Coudray SUI 4 Cyril Neri SUI 5 Jonas Emery SUI 5 Julien Falco SUI 7 Mitch Toelderer AUT 8 André Sommer SUI 9 David Magnusson NOR 10 Gennady Khryachkob RUS 12* Jose Carron SUI 15* Ralph Backstrom USA
1 Elizabeth Palh RUS 2 Nathalie Zenklusen SUI 3* Ruth Leisibach SUI 3* Bérengère Moroc FRA
* wild cards