This Friday, new Eddie Bauer athlete and reigning Freeride World Tour champ Drew Tabke begins defense of his title on the rugged slopes of Courmayeur, Italy. We’ll be following Tabke on Tour this season on the Live Your Adventure blog, the Eddie Bauer Facebook page and through EB Instagram with the hashtag, wait for it, #tabkeontour. Tomorrow we will publish an interview with Tabke on his skiing backstory and what drew him to Eddie Bauer. But as the comp window approaches, check out the FWT overview of what makes this world-class venue in the Mount Blanc region so stellar for the first stop of the Freeride World Tour. —LYA Editor
From the FWT site:
Situated in the sunny Aosta Valley at the foot of the south face of Mont Blanc, Courmayeur presents one of the most spectacular arenas in the world for skiing and snowboarding. This will be the third consecutive year FWT will visit Courmayeur Mont Blanc, which has proven to be a rider and fan favorite thanks to Italian hospitality, consistent snow and incredible terrain.
Of the six events of the 2014 FWT, Courmayeur Mont Blanc is the one event only featuring male skiers and snowboarders. Male and female athletes will both be in action the very next week at the following FWT stage at Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, France. The 2013 World Champion Drew Tabke (USA) said, “I’m really happy to start off defending my title in Italy this year. Courmayeur is one of my favorites on the tour – you can’t beat the combination of the Italian lifestyle and superb skiing. I placed sixth here last year so I hope I can do better in 2014.”
The intensity of competition will build quickly on the 2014 tour. After the events in Courmayeur and Chamonix, the show heads immediately to stop three of the tour in Fieberbrunn Kitzbüheler Alpen, Austria, as the riders battle for their share of this year’s 400,000 USD prize purse.
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