Freeride World Tour: Aurélien Ducroz wins in Squaw Valley

The Nissan Tram Face ends with the cancellation of the second day. The organizers were obliged to regretfully cancel the much awaited second day focusing on the quality of the competition and riders’ security.

Stop two of the Freeride World Tour.  Copyright: C. MargotThe 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. After having admired the slopes and thinking about possible lines, the Freeride World Tour riders will leave the United States for Europe for the third stage and a new challenge: the Nissan Freeride de Tignes that will take place Monday, March 9th.

The French skier, Aurelien Ducroz, third in after taking second in the Nissan Russian Adventure in Sochi moves to the top of the Freeride World Ranking. 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. Sverre Liliequist (SWE), winner in Russia, is now second while Reine Barkered (SWE) moves up to fourth thanks to his amazing victory in the United States. Their compatriot, Henrick Windstedt, Freeride World Champion in 2008, is just behind taking second in on the Silverado face.

For the snowboarders, Xavier de Le Rue (FRA), moves to the top of the Freeride World Ranking taking third in Squaw Valley with an amazing run. With the unfortunate injury of Cyril Neri (SUI), Xavier is now leading and hopes to be Freeride World Champion as in 2008. Jonas Emery (SUI), with an impressive run on the Silverado, will attempt to catch the Frenchmen, notably at the Nissan Xtreme de Verbier, no his home turf. Squaw Valley, and the winners of the first two tour stops Jess McMillan (USA) and Elyse Saugstad (USA).

For the women skiers, the competition for the title will be tough for Ane Enderud (NOR), new leader of the Freeride World Ranking, Marja Persson, second in Squaw Valley with an amazing run. With the unfortunate injury of Cyril Neri (SUI), Xavier is now leading and hopes to be Freeride World Champion as in 2008. Jonas Emery (SUI), with an
impressive run on the Silverado, will attempt to catch the Frenchmen, notably at the Nissan Xtreme de Verbier, on his home turf.

In snowboard, Aline Bock (GER), winner in Russia and second in California, takes the lead and is on her way to her first Freeride World Champion title.

Current Freeride World Ranking after the Nissan Tram Face Squaw Valley:

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

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