The contest day for the Nissan O’Neill Xtreme de Verbier has been confirmed for Saturday 15th March at the new location of Mont Gelé at 3023m.
One of the biggest contests in the world of freeriding, the Nissan O’Neill Xtreme Verbier is the final contest of the very first Freeride World Tour. Due to snow conditions, the contest has been relocated from the original face of Bec des Rosses to Mont Gélé, where the Freeride World Champions of 2008 will be crowned on Saturday afternoon.
37 male and female skiers and snowboarders will tackle the 45-degree face of Mont Gélé, featuring various lines in narrow couloirs, high rock cliffs and changing snow and terrain. Spectators can watch the action unfold from the main street in Verbier, which will be transformed into an event village for the weekend, with food and drink stands, a giant film screen, autograph sessions with riders and much more.
The 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 6pm. The five contests of the Freeride World Tour have a total prize purse of a whopping $300,000, with the winner of the Nissan O’Neill Xtreme Verbier bagging a tidy $100,000.
If you can’t make it over to Verbier for the contest, watch the action live on the Freeride World Tour website.