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Tabke Takes Fifth at Xtreme Verbier
Posted on March 31, 2015

The crowd at the 20th Anniversary Xtreme Verbier P: J Bernard

Eddie Bauer skier and two-time world champ Drew Tabke wrapped up his 2015 FWT season with a fifth place finish at the Xtreme Verbier this past weekend on the steep, sharky Swiss venue that has made so many famous during two decades of freeride at the legendary competition. Tabke earned a score of 85.00 with his calculated, consequential and flowing run on the Petit Bec, cracking the top five for the third time this season and building on his impressive results from Chamonix, France and Haines, Alaska. Tabke finished this season’s world tour in fourth place overall with 6760 total points.

Drew Tabke on his way to a fourth place finish at the FWT finals in Verbier.

The battle for the FWT titles took place on the shoulder of the mythical 3222m (10570 ft) Bec des Rosses while celebrating 20 years of the Xtreme. The much respected north face that has provided the stage for the Xtreme Verbier for two decades showed a new challenging side, with an extremely low-tide snowpack that elevated the difficulty of the mythical face. The crowd, as always, was entertained by the world-class lines and consequential conditions that have made the Xtreme the undisputed crowd freeride favorite.

Drew Tabke goes big at the Xtreme Verbier. P: J Bernard

Aurelien Ducroz (FRA) who has already won three times on this face and who was competing on an honorary wildcard opened the men’s skiing with a spectacular line below the highest start. He has now earned a spot in the history books, with a score of 88.50, as the only skier to have won the Xtreme Verbier four times.  Reine Barkered (SWE) skied slower into the same line as Aurelien but quickly picked up the pace in this line leading to an enormous cliff that he landed perfectly in the exposed area, making it possible for him to take immediate control of the acceleration despite the very steep part of the face, earning a second-place score of 88.12. The skier in the golden bib, George Rodney (USA)  laid out with a big top air getting straight into the game and skied fast and strong down a technical line for a 3rd place finish and a score of 87.75, bringing the rookie the World Champion title after a a very tight competition at the top of the field.  —LYA Editor


Images Courtesy of Freeride World Tour/J Bernard/David Carlier 

Highlights of Xtreme, the best runs of the past two decades  and Tabke’s impressive showing from Haines, America are posted below.





Author: - Tuesday, March 31st, 2015

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