Freeride World Tour Champions Crowned in Verbier

The Swatch Extreme Verbier Results:

Olympic halfpipe Gold medalist, Nicola Thost (also this year’s wildcard entrant) slayed the final Freeride World Tour event in Verbier. She was clearly in a league of her own, posting a score of 71.00 – 16 points more than Estelle Balet who came in number two.

My plan for today worked out really well. It was a perfect day, and I knew from the beginning that I would have a lot of fun. It was super fun to ride this mountain and I’m absolutely stoked I could take the win….The snow conditions were fine, and it’s just awesome to win Verbier. There’s really a positive vibe going on at this event, and this helps a lot to have fun and stay focussed at the same time.” – Nicola Thost


Women’s Snowboard: 
1. Nicola Thost (GER) 71.00
2. Estelle Balet (SUI) 55.00
3.  Shannan Yates (USA) 52.25


Snowboarder Nicola Thost Freeride World Tour winner in Verbiee

Nicola Thost sending it in Haines, Alaska. Photo by D. Carlier courtesy of Freeride World Tour



In the women’s ski, rookie Hazel Birnbaum (USA) put down an outstanding run that saw her take first place. Hazel had spotted the winning line, and the way she rode it got the crowds screaming in excitement (not once, but twice). First when she stomped an exposed double up top and second after another big double on the bottom. She scored 88.00 standing out as the only woman scoring in the 80es.

“As my rookie year I feel like I learned a lot and I got to be inspired by a lot of incredible women that I’ve looked up to for so many years, so it’s an incredible privilege and an honor to even be part of this event. I’m beyond ecstatic!”  – Hazel Birnbaum (USA)

Fresh off a win in Alaska, Silvia Moser (ITA) picked an original line to score 76.25 and take 2nd place. Christine Hargin (SWE) secured 3rd place with a score of 72.75.


Women’s Ski: 
1. Hazel Josie Birnbaum (USA) 88.00
2. Silvia Moser (ITA) 76.25
3. Christine Hargin (SWE) 72.75
Silvia Moser skiing

Silvia Moser getting it done. Photo by D.Daher courtesy of The Freeride World Tour



Overall Freride World Tour Champions:

Estelle Balet (SUI) took the overall snowboard Freeride World Tour crown after posting a decent score in her home mountain of Verbier. Unfortunately some slough lead her to a minor stop in the flow, but the difficulty of her airs were enough to give her the 2nd place with a score of 55.00.

“I’m really stoked to win the World Tour here in Verbier. Even if I didn’t the Verbier stage and I did a crappy run today. So happy to be here with all my friends and my family. Big thanks to the organizers and see you all next year!” – Estelle Balet


Skier Eva Walkner (AUT) had no stress at the Verbier event, having already secured her place as the overall ski women’s Freeride World Tour champion in the previous event in Haines, Alaska. She was able to ride without pressure in Verbier and celebrate her win as the overall champion.


2015 Overall Freeride World Tour Champions:

Ski Men: George Rodney (USA)
Snowboard Men: Jonathan Charlet (FRA)
Ski Women: Eva Walkner (AUT)
Snowboard Women: Estelle Balet (SUI)
Snowboarder Estelle Barlet

Estelle Barlet. Photo by D. Carlier courtesy of The Freeride World Tour


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