Verbier, March 19, 2013 – Due to a storm predicted to hit the Verbier St Bernard region on Saturday, the SWATCH XTREME VERBIER 2013 BY THE NORTH FACE® has been rescheduled to take place one day earlier than announced on Friday, March 22. The final confirmation of the new schedule, including exact competition and live feed timing will be announced on Wednesday morning on www.freerideworldtour.com.
Verbier and the fabled “Bec des Rosses” is considered the pinnacle of freeride competitions. The contest was originally scheduled for Saturday, but with a southwest front coming in predicted to stay over the next week, organizers today decided to advance the competition to Friday, March 22.
Due to the extreme nature of the terrain, only the best 12 male skiers, six male snowboarders, five female skiers and four female snowboarders from the 2013 FWT are qualified for the finals on the steeps of Bec des Rosses. In addition, a few exciting wild cards will join the roster including three-time world snowboard champion Xavier de Le Rue (FRA) and five-time Xtreme winner Steve Klassen (USA) in the male snowboard division, as well as Stefan Haeusl (AUT), Aurélien Ducroz (FRA), Samuel Anthamatten (SUI) and Seb Michaud (FRA) in the male skiers. In the snowboard category, upcoming talent and local rider Estelle Ballet (SUI) will also take part in the competition on her home mountain. Crystal Wright (USA) and Lorraine Huber (AUT), actual leader of the FWQ ranking also got the chance to ski the Bec in the female ski category.
Webcast available for streaming on FreerideWorldTour.com.