Engadinsnow 2010: Sam Smoothy Wins Freeride
Freeskier Smoothy from New Zealand is declared the winner in the 2010 Engadinsnow Freeski contest. His smooth run in the freeride demonstrated his advanced skill and control of his sport.
Sam Smoothy, New Zealand’s latest freeride phenom, lived up to his name. With an incredibly smooth freeski run including some sizable drops down the massive north face of Mount Corvatsch, he won the freeride competition of the 2010 Engadinsnow. Smoothy's colleague on the Marker Völkl Freeski Team, Thibaud Duchosal from France, finished third.
Now in its eighth year, the Engadinsnow is one of the most solidly established and prestigious freeride events in Europe, if not in the world. The regular venue for the finals, the north side of Mount Corvatsch, St. Moritz’ famous freeride peak, has earned the event a legendary status within the international freeski scene.
Over 100 competitors from 20 different countries gathered in the snow-laden Engadin valley, tucked in the south-east corner of Switzerland, to battle for the Engadinsnow 2010 freeride crown. The finals’ day greeted the competitors with blue skies and the face offered a healthy cover of soft snow.
Sam Smoothy was the best at taking advantage of the great conditions. He chose a direct, yet technical line with a few nice cliff drops and showed the excited crowd not only the smoothest, but also the fasted run of the day.
The New Zealand freeskier's victory was well deserved, but not easy as Frenchmen Mathieu Imbert safely jumped a big cliff in a difficult line for a second-place-finish. Fellow Frenchman Thibaud Duchosal was in third place with a very technical line that he was able to ski with astounding confidence.
Taking first and third place on the podium the Marker Völkl Freeski Team was the dominant force in the men’s competition. A different view was the women’s podium as favorite Janina Kuzma from New Zealand didn‘t have her best run and only placed fourth.
The female winner was Germany’s Pia Widmesser, her first big win on the freeride circuit, ahead of Olivia Benoit from France and Lorraine Huber from Austria. The Engadinsnow 2010 is part of the Freeride World Qualifier series, thus leaving the winners with a good chance on a wildcard spot for the up-coming Freeride World Tour events.
There was no way, no line to pass Jess McMillan in Chamonix: At this year’s first contest of the FWT last weekend the US freerider finished first and repeated her victory from last years beginning of the FWT in Sochi, albeit at another spot.
A fifth place at the final Dew Tour stop in Mt. Snow secured Jossi Wells the overall superpipe trophy. The 21-year old freeskiing pro from New Zealand completed a successfull season.