Faces of the Freeride World Tour
The Finish Line Studio
The 19th edition of the Verbier Xtreme took place in Verbier, Switzerland, marking the finale to the 2014 Freeride World Tour. Photographer Tim Lloyd set up a photo studio at the finish corral to snap portraits of the athletes as they completed riding the legendary Bec des Rosses venue.
Elodie Mouthon from France won the women's snowboard category in Verbier and took third overall on the tour. Afterward, she was very calm, despite having the best run of the day. "That was a nice run," she said.
Emilien Badoux wanted to watch everyone else's run, hence his body position at the finish area. "Maybe I will win the overall title today?" he said. He went on to finish fourth, which was enough for the Swiss snowboarder to claim the number one ranking.
American Jaclyn Paaso finished third at Verbier and fourth overall on this year's tour standings. Paaso has been competing in big mountain contests since 2008 and she says, "I still have a few things I'd like to accomplish on the FWT before I'm done."
Frenchman Jonathan Chalet was given a wild card to compete at Verbier after missing the rest of the Freeride World Tour season due to injury. He ended up finishing second in the contest amongst male snowboarders.
Kevin Guri from France showed his strength with a fourth place finish in the men's ski division.
Matilda Rapaport from Sweden took fifth in women's skiing. She appeared disappointed with her run at the finish line. "I just had a terrible run," she said.
After clinching second place in Verbier, Nadine Wallner from Austria found out she had won the overall title as this photo was taken. This is Wallner's second year in a row as overall FWT champ. "We need to do the W for winner!" she said.
American Ralph Backstrom spent almost his entire winter in Europe and it was rewarded by a first place finish in the snowboard men category.
Richard Amacker from Switzerland took ninth in men's skiing. His home resort is Nendaz on the backside of Verbier, and he was happily reflecting on his run where he opened up a new cliff on the Bec de Rosses.
Austrian Amber Schuecker, who placed fifth in the snowboard women category, got right to the point at the bottom of her run. "Out of all the freeride runs I've ever done," she said, "that was the worst."
New Zealand skier Sam Smoothy was plagued by injury this season, but he strung together a set of strong results to finish second in the overall rankings.
Xavier de la Rue
Veteran snowboarder Xavier de la Rue from France was feeling a little beaten after tumbling down the bottom half of the Bec. "That's what happens in freeriding," he said.