Archive for February, 2009

4th Place at Freeride de Chamonix

February 16, 2009
Chamonix – what an amazing place! And what a perfect venue for a Big Mountain contest. Although I was sick and on antibiotics, I skied a fluid line with a nice cliff drop to place 4th at this Freeride World Qualifier. The Norwegian, Ane Enderud, skied a great run that could have competed with the men! She easily won ahead of Rebecka Eriksson (SWE) and Eva Walkner (AUT).

This result puts me in 7th place overall in the World Tour Ranking. My next qualifier event for the Freeride World Tour will be in Taos, New Mexico (USA) where I have another chance to collect points to qualify for the FWT. The 3 best results of the competitors count towards the World Tour Ranking, which determines the new 2009 Freeride World Tour Champions and also the entry list for the 2010 season. See www.freerideworldtour.com for more infos.
At the start of the competition
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6th Place at SCOTT Big Mountain Fieberbrunn

February 9, 2009

This year’s one and only big mountain comp in Austria is a FWQ (Freeride World Qualifier) allowing world tour athletes and amateurs to win points for the freeride world ranking. I was there with a group of crazy New Zealand/ Canadian/ French/ Austrian friends and had a great time skiing, eating, going out and competing! I came 6th overall, only missing out on 4th place by 0.5 points. The women’s competition was won by Janette Hargin, Swedish former FIS Alpine skiing competitor, followed by Stina Jakobsson (SWE) and Janina Kuzma (NZL).The women’s starting field was very strong which is great to see and important for women’s Big Mountain sport in general. Next FWQ stop: Freeride de Chamonix! Stay tuned!

The Kuzma twins and I