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Drew Tabke Takes Top 10 in difficult FWT conditions in Courmayeur
Posted on January 23, 2014

After a week of weather delays and false starts, the first stop of the Freeride World Tour concluded Monday in Courmayeur, Mont Blanc, Italy.  On the ski side, Loic Collomb-Patterson of France earned first place on the podium, Josh Daiek of the United States took a strong second place while new Eddie Bauer ski athlete and defending FWT champ Drew Tabke finished eighth in a strong international field. “I am happy that we waited this week to compete, the snow conditions were perfect,” says Tabke. “My run was great, it was a little hard to go for speed because of the rocks, but there were some fun lines.”

The next stop for Tabke and the Freeride World Tour is in Chamonix, France, on the other side of Mont Blanc, starting Saturday.  We will continue to follow Tabke’s season on the tour on the Live Your Adventure blog and on the Eddie Bauer Facebook page with the hashtag #tabkeontour. —LYA Editor

From the Freeride World Tour official report:

The first stop of the 2014 SWATCH FREERIDE WORLD TOUR  concluded today on Cresta Youla. Although challenging visibility prevented the attempt last Friday from being successful, an exciting competition thrilled fans and athletes today at Courmayeur Mont Blanc. The international field of competitors was extremely eager to begin the season and start the quest to become the next FWT champions. Courmayeur Mont Blanc is the only stop on the FWT, which is exclusively a men’s competition.

Conditions in the Alps have been very difficult in the first part of the winter with high avalanche risks and thin snow in many places. Despite the tricky conditions, the FWT organizers together with the local guides found a face for the first stop of the competition season. Sunny skies and soft snow conditions provide the competition date was well worth the wait.

“We are certainly facing very tricky snow conditions in the Alps early this season,” said FWT General Manager Europe Nicolas Hale-Woods. “On top of the safety aspect which is our priority number one, we also have to deal with what the weather has to offer in order to launch an event. We had a small window last Friday and tried to complete the competition without success. So we all waited in Courmayeur Mont Blanc for a better chance to compete and finally ran the event today in great conditions on the sunny side of the Monte Bianco. ”

Take a look at more photos from the comp here and a few pictures from Drew Tabke on his down day skiing pow on the Helbronner below:

 

 

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