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Freeride World Tour: Nissan Tram Face Wrap-Up

The Freeride World Tour finished its second stop in Squaw this week, giving Aurélien Ducroz of France every reason to gloat about his big mountain win and competitors reasons to come back next year to tackle the mythical tram face.

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FWT 09 Freeride World Tour 2009 -  Four locations around the world, Sochi, Squaw Valley, Tignes and Verbier have been selected for the second edition…

FWT 09 Freeride World Tour 2009
Four locations around the world, Sochi, Squaw Valley, Tignes and Verbier have been selected for the second edition of the Freeride World Tour.
The planet’s top freeride skiers and snowboarders, men and women travel to Russia, USA, France and Switzerland to prove their skills on some of the world’s most challenging faces.
The Freeride World Tour has a prize purse of $250,000, the highest sum ever to be paid in ski or snowboard freeride contests.

Seb Michaud of France works over his tactics during the opening ceremonies of the Squaw Valley Stop – The Nissan Tram Face – last weekend.

To get a complete recap of the entire Freeride World Tour, CLICK HERE.

Reine Barkered of Sweden launches of some major cliffs at Squaw's Nissan Tram Face Competition with the Freeride World Tour. The second day of…

Reine Barkered of Sweden launches of some major cliffs at Squaw’s Nissan Tram Face Competition with the Freeride World Tour. The second day of competition was canceled due to weather, so no one actually got to ski the mythical tram face.

To get a complete recap of the entire Freeride World Tour, CLICK HERE.

Competitors watch as Aurélien Ducroz of France competes in Squaw. Aurélien Ducroz took home first place for the men skiers. “I am really happy to…

Competitors watch as Aurélien Ducroz of France competes in Squaw. Aurélien Ducroz took home first place for the men skiers.

“I am really happy to lead the FWR because this is the first time that I am at the top. There are two stages left; it will be be tough but I prefer to arrive in Europe in first place and keep my lead. I am going to try to stay consistent, to always be on the podium like I have been since the beginning of the season and of course to win. The next two faces are amazing and tough. I really like their profile and I hope to use them to make the difference.”

To get a complete recap of the entire Freeride World Tour, CLICK HERE.

Jonas Emery of Switzerland, with an impressive run on the Silverado, will attempt to catch the Frenchmen, notably at the Nissan Xtreme de Verbier, on…

Jonas Emery of Switzerland, with an impressive run on the Silverado, will attempt to catch the Frenchmen, notably at the Nissan Xtreme de Verbier, on his home turf. Jonas got second in men’s snowboarding at the Nissan Tram Face.

To get a complete recap of the entire Freeride World Tour, CLICK HERE.

Marja Persson of Sweden films her friends as they compete in the Nissan Tram Face at Squaw Valley USA. Marja got second in women's skiing in this…

Marja Persson of Sweden films her friends as they compete in the Nissan Tram Face at Squaw Valley USA. Marja got second in women’s skiing in this stop of the Freeride World Tour.

To get a complete recap of the entire Freeride World Tour, CLICK HERE.

Xavier de Le Rue of France shows why he deserved his first place finish in men's snowboarding at Squaw.  Xavier de Le Rue (FRA), moves to the top of…

Xavier de Le Rue of France shows why he deserved his first place finish in men’s snowboarding at Squaw. Xavier de Le Rue (FRA), moves to the top of the Freeride World Ranking taking third in Squaw Valley with an amazing run.

To get a complete recap of the entire Freeride World Tour, CLICK HERE.

Seb Michaud of France scopes his line at Squaw Valley. Riders were given the opportunity to scope the Nissan Tram Face on Saturday, but due to…

Seb Michaud of France scopes his line at Squaw Valley. Riders were given the opportunity to scope the Nissan Tram Face on Saturday, but due to weather, were unable to ski those lines on Sunday. The organizers were obliged to regretfully cancel the much awaited second day focusing on the quality of the competition and riders’ security. The mythical Tram Face is still to be conquered. After a fantastic first day of competition on the Silverado Face (Friday, February 27th), a winter storm hit the California mountains thus the second day of competition of the Tram Face cannot take place.

To get a complete recap of the entire Freeride World Tour, CLICK HERE.

Marja Persson of Sweden competes in last weekend's Nissan Tram Face at Squaw Valley. Marja's run helped place her second on the Tour for women's…

Marja Persson of Sweden competes in last weekend’s Nissan Tram Face at Squaw Valley. Marja’s run helped place her second on the Tour for women’s skiing.

“It is great news for me to be second of the FWR but I really want to concentrate on each event rather than think about the title. My goal is to have good results in Tignes to qualify for the final in Verbier, which is my favorite competition. I love the Bec des Rosses and I really want to win again after having won in 2007 and maybe even a Freeride World Champion title.”

To get a complete recap of the entire Freeride World Tour, CLICK HERE.

Aline Bock of Germany, Ane Enderud of Norway, Aurélien Ducroz of France, and Xavier de Le Rue of France stand on the winners podium at the closing…

Aline Bock of Germany, Ane Enderud of Norway, Aurélien Ducroz of France, and Xavier de Le Rue of France stand on the winners podium at the closing ceremonies of the Nissan Tram Face at Squaw Valley USA.

The results of the competition are as follows:
Men Ski
1-Aurélien Ducroz FRA
2- Sverre Lillequist SWE
3-Sébastien Michaud FRA

Women Ski
1-Ane Enderud NOR
2-Marja Persson SWE
3-Jess McMillan CAN

Men Snowboard
1-Xavier de Le Rue FRA
2-Jonas Emery SUI
3-Mat Annetts USA

Women Snowboard
1-Aline Bock GER
2-Susan Moll USA
3-Nathalie Zenklusen SUI

To get a complete recap of the entire Freeride World Tour, CLICK HERE.

Nicolas Hale-Woods, one of the organizers of the Freeride World Tour waits on the podium to announce winners. The next stage in Tignes, France will…

Nicolas Hale-Woods, one of the organizers of the Freeride World Tour waits on the podium to announce winners.

The next stage in Tignes, France will take place on the north face of the Pramecou as it offers the best conditions for such a superb competition. The rider from Tignes, Guerlain Chicherit, has tested the current conditions on the slope where the start is at an altitude of 3000m. More snowfall has been predicted for this week in the French Alps so the face should be perfect for the competition on Monday.

To get a complete recap of the entire Freeride World Tour, CLICK HERE.

Aurélien Ducroz is the current leader of the Freeride World Ranking 2009 and is the Nissan Sports Adventure athlete. Ducroz is from France. His…

Aurélien Ducroz is the current leader of the Freeride World Ranking 2009 and is the Nissan Sports Adventure athlete. Ducroz is from France. His compatriot, Sebastien Michaud moves to third thanks to his fifth place in Squaw Valley; the Frenchmen will thus be the favorites for the Nissan Freeride de Tignes.

To get a complete recap of the entire Freeride World Tour, CLICK HERE.