Douds Takes First at Fieberbrun FWT, Tied for First Overall. Cute Girl in Bikini Hopes He’ll Win Big in Verbier

Freeride World Tour Fieberbrunn

Chamonix homeboy Douds Charlet continues to crush the 2012 FWT men’s snowboard division with a win at the Fieberbrunn event held last weekend.

The FWT counts the three best finishes of the season which, with two wins and a second place finish, means Douds and Ralph Backstrom are tied for first going into the final event of the season, the Swatch FWT Xtreme Verbier.

Chamonix’s Aurélien Ducroz desperately needed a podium finish in Fieberbrunn to solidify his hope of hanging onto his 2011 title but came in a disappointing sixth.

Auré is currently sitting 4th overall but because the final overall score is determined using each rider’s four best results, he is mathematically not out of the running. A win at Verbier combined with his second, fourth and sixth place finishes would be enough to push him past the three leading skiers if they all crash out or get abducted by aliens mid-run. I think. To tell the truth I can’t be bothered to do the math but a quick glance at the current FWT rankings makes it look realistic. Anyone out there have a calculator?

The Swatch FWT Xtreme Verbier 2012 will be held sometime between the 22nd and 25th of March. Alas, Kate Upton won’t be there but rest assured you can always find her here. Allez le 74!

Go Douds.

Andreas Fransson, JP Auclair Talking Risk and Reward While Slaying Chamonix Classics

Glacier Rond, Chamonix

JP Auclair hit town in February so he and Swedish Adventurer of the Year Andreas Fransson decided to knock off a few of the classics (formerly known as test pieces) which Andreas now has trouble distinguishing from the pistes.

Man, I wish that guy would stop making this all look so easy.

To read more of Andreas’s thoughts on skiing and life, check out his insight-filled blog and stay tuned for JP and Andreas in Chamonix – The Sequel! Coming soon.

Nate’s Gone Walkabout … or Skiabout As It Were

Nate Wallace

Nate Wallace has dropped a new edit but if you look closely you’ll notice this one’s not in Chamonix and the skiers are even older – JHAF represent! Plus this one has a bomb drop to tweaked backside called the S&S and no crevasses.

Well done, Nate. Keep ’em comin’.

Chamonix Homeboy Tristan Knoertzer Shreds Gulmarg on Salomon Freeski TV

Gulmarg HeliskiHow ’bout that latest edition of Salomon Freeski TV which features Chamonix loc Tristan Knoertzer ripping the trees around Gulmarg, Kashmir.

Tristan Knoertzer

Gulmarg skiing

Gulmarg

Davide Capozzi and Stefano Bigio Nail First Descent on Mont Rochefort

Stefano Bigio

Meanwhile over on the sunny side, Davide Capozzi and Stefano Bigio stuck a first descent down the SW face of Mont Rochefort – a route they’ve been eyeing for years.

Davide CapozziIn a post on PlanetMountain.com, Capozzi reports, “The descent is continuously exposed, down 45° – 50° slopes. The snow varied considerably since it hadn’t settled completely. We made [two] abseils [down] the final section, one 50m abseil followed by a second, shorter one.”

Capozzi and Bigio rate the route 5.2 E3 and called it Pente a Rémy in honor of Rémy Lecluse who originally suggested skiing the line together.

Check out the full story on PlanetMountain.com.

Davide Capozzi, Stefano Bigio

TV Mountain’s Chamonix Snow Report: Col du Chardonnet

Col du Chardonnet

It may be getting harder to find freshies but the first warm, sunny days in weeks means only the most hardcore whingers are complaining.

Chamonix-meteo calling 5-20cm at 1000m with the disclaimer, “Snow amount depending partly on the barrier effect against the northern slopes of the massifs is difficult to evaluate.” Everyone else guessing between 3-7cm at 2000m with nothing else forecast for the next few days.

Did I mention the sun’s out?

Big thanks TV Mountain, Chamonix.net, Fanny Gras and Michel Bordet. Diggin’ the music on this one.

Rats in the Shadow or The Shocking Truth Behind My Big Black Eye by Nate Wallace

Chamonix

Just another day out with Nate, Yo, Bullitt, Thor, Seth, Maria, Oli, Plake and American Dave.

Shout out to Nate for the footy. Keep your eyes on the fall line, amigo.

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