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Freeride World Tour

The Best Lines—and Crashes—from This Year’s Freeride World Tour

Despite tricky conditions, it was another season of athletes going big. Historically big.

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The Freeride World Tour wrapped up at the end of March with the Xtreme, its finale, held in Verbier, Switzerland. Skiers and snowboarders competed in unforgiving conditions on the legendary Bec des Rosses face, a steep, technical, and exposed slope with ample opportunity for showmanship. Swiss rookie Maxime Chabloz and Kiwi Jess Hotter took home the series titles for skiing, and American Blake Moller and French rider Tiphanie Perrotin won the overall in snowboarding.

Throughout the season, the tour was marked by poor snow conditions at many of the venues, as well as a windstorm that forced competitors off the face of Kicking Horse, British Columbia, on February 12 and onto a different slope. But the riders didn’t hesitate to send mind-bending, consequential, high-speed lines.

From the first clean double backflip to perfectly pinned cliff drops and a few inevitable crashes, the tour was an exciting test of progressive, creative riding. Below, our six favorite moments of the season:

Max Palm’s Double Backflip in Baqueira Beret, Spain

The Swiss skier blew minds with his first lap on the circuit this year, putting down a clean double backflip (a competition first) at Baqueira Beret, a new Freeride World Tour venue, to take the win—on a wildcard entry, to boot. While Palm had to bow out midseason due to injuries, we’re looking forward to seeing more from the 19-year-old.

Spanish Rookie Abel Moga’s Front Flip on the Bec Des Rosses

Moga stormed onto the scene with a second-place finish at the season’s first stop in Baqueira Beret, after threading an impossible line through a complicated—and massive—cliff band. He carried that crowd-pleasing energy through the season. After putting down an already-impressive line at the finals, he went for an improbable front flip off his last feature. He crashed, but the crowd went wild anyway.

Jess Hotter’s Comeback

Kiwi skier Jess Hotter took a year off from the tour last year and returned for an overall win and consistently aggressive, creative riding. She left it all on the mountain several times, with two of the more notable crashes of the season, including a high-speed tomahawk at Fieberbrunn in Austria that involved her avalanche gear flying out of her pack.

Maxime Chabloz’s Entire Season

In nearly every run, Swiss skier and overall winner Maxime Chabloz laced together technical features with huge tricks at an insane pace. He’d land a Cork 7 and, instead of dumping speed, bounce right into a massive backflip. Chabloz is also a professional kiteboarder, and we’re curious (and excited) to see what this well-rounded athlete does next.

Honorable Mentions:

Utah skier Andrew Pollard’s impossibly smooth, effortless skiing at every stop.
California rookie Lily Bradley’s playful, park-inflected style.
Spanish legend Aymar Navarro’s send-at-all-costs line choice.

This article originally appeared on Outside Online