Following the incredible show-stopping thrown down in Andorra, the Freeride World Tour progressed to its next stop in Bergbahnen Fieberbrunn in Austria. Unlike Andorra, stakes were increased—with qualification for the Xtreme Verbier competition, the 2019 season, and world title all up for grabs—competitors responded to the stress by throwing out their entire bag of tricks.
George Rodney may not have repeated his win from last season at Bergbahnen Fieberbrunn—he ultimately nabbed a bronze—the American’s freeriding earned major kudos from the judges for landing the heaviest air and ultimately winning the Peak Performance Radical Moment. His backflip huck to cliff stomp combo bumped him into the podium, but wasn’t enough to overtake first place winner from Mickael Bimboes.
The French rookie celebrated his first-ever career victory in the FWT, landing a wild unseen gap jump over the lower couloir at the “Wildseeloder” venue. However, the celebration of the day belonged to Kristofer Turdell of Sweden, who claimed second place in the men’s ski competition, ultimately securing him enough points on the season to claim him the world title.
In the women’s snowboarding, defending champion Marion Haerty won gold with her solid technical run. For women’s skiing, Lorraine Huber stomped a double and huge drop to once again reign as champion for the Fieberbrunn. Gigi Rüf, got his first FWT win in the men’s snowboard category, with a run that beautifully slashed through mountains spine features.