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Drew Tabke Migrates to Austria for Second Freeride World Tour Event
Posted on January 30, 2015

FWT Austria

Eddie Bauer skier Drew Tabke has migrated through the Alps from Chamonix to Austria for the second stop of the Freeride World Tour, which kicks off at Fieberbrunn in Kitzbuheler Alpen tomorrow. A two-time world champ, Tabke is looking to build on the momentum from his podium finish in Chamonix at the second European stop of this year’s tour. Tune in live at 8AM CET Saturday—or 11 PM tonight US Pacific Standard time—at freerideworldtour.com. Tabke also sent us a quick recap from the road of his on tour experience wrapping up the Chamonix event and preparing for the next one.

Top Image courtesy of the Freeride World Tour, Images and Words Below by Drew Tabke

On Wednesday night I arrived at Fieberbrunn, Austria for the second stop of the 2015 Freeride World Tour. It’s been dumping here all week, and skiing today was excellent, with deep pow in the trees. At tonight’s riders meeting we heard that the competition is confirmed for Saturday.

I came to this land of beer, schnitzel and skiing after a week in Chamonix, the first stop of my 2015 Euro tour. In Chamonix, at the opening event of the 2015 FWT season I was able to earn a podium with a third place finish. Despite quite poor overall snow conditions in the Chamonix region, organizers still found us a venue with great snow and terrain. Skiing in the event was super fun and I’ve got some good momentum coming into Austria.

 

Back in 2012 I won here at Fieberbrunn. It was my first time coming to this country, and we found the venue, the Wildseeloder, in excellent condition. During the years since we’ve struggled to find good conditions on this beautiful, but frequently wind-exposed face in Austria’s Tyrol region, nor have I been back on the podium.

Up until this week it looked as though there may be insufficient snow to host the event on the Wildseeloder, but in the past four days it has snowed more than 80cm, depositing a tenuous blanket over the thin base layer. A few more centimeters of snow are forecasted before the event, with a small window of good weather to run the competition on Saturday morning. If snow or weather conditions were to deteriorate and we were unable to compete on Saturday, we’d have the remainder of our weeklong weather window to finish the event.

After the event in Fieberbrunn we have a few days off before the event at Arcalis, Andorra, which wraps up my European trip. Following that, the field of FWT riders is cut, and a final crew goes to Haines and Verbier. I’m off to a good start, but there’s a long road ahead. Wish me luck, and follow all the coverage at freerideworldtour.com.

The update from the folks at the FWT:

Snow has finally arrived by the tons in the Kitzbüheler Alpen and the good news is that the event is confirmed for both the Pros (FWT) and the Juniors (FJT) in Fieberbrunn on Saturday. There will however be some modifications as it has been decided to split up the FWT field on two separate faces. The women categories and the snowboard men will be competing on the Marroka; a face never used before in the Swatch Freeride World Tour. This face is located to the lookers left of the Wildseeloder. The men’s skiing category will compete on the Wildseeloder with a start from the summit. The contest starts at 8.00am with women’s skiing, followed by women’s and men’s snowboarding respectively. There will be a short break before moving on to men’s skiing on Wildseeloder. – See more at: http://freerideworldtour.com/news/fwt15-fieberbrunn-kitzbuheler-alpen-confirmed-saturday-31st#sthash.mNqojAii.dpuf

 

 

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