This past weekend, New Zealand hosted The North Face Frontier freeride competition, and as per usual, some slightly overzealous skiers and snowboarders got absolutely tossed by the burly venue. The 4-star Freeride World Tour Qualifier event gave competitors a chance to qualify for a coveted spot on the Freeride World Tour, but for a few riders, it did not go as planned. Check out some massive bails from Andrew Wylie, Charles Murray, Craig Murray, and more.
Many skiers, when encountering a massive cliff blocking the entrance to their line of choice, will opt to bring a rope and rappel. 29-year-old French Freeride World Tour skier Wadeck Gorak decided to forego the hassle and go full send, hucking a massive air into a corn-filled couloir. He doesn’t seem to mind the rocks everywhere in the landing, either.
Sweden’s Jesper Tjäder is a master of the strange. Known for feats like hitting a full loop switch, gapping massive jumps, and a creative forest pumptrack at his home mountain of Åre, Sweden, Tjäder’s skiing is never boring. RELATED: World's First Switch Full Loop at Audi Nines Speaking of that pumptrack, he spent some time rebuilding last year’s line with his friends, adding in some more spice in the form of creek gaps, tree grinds and big air. Check out round two in the
Yikes. Sofia Wikström took quite the tumble trying to stomp her line in the Scandinavian Big Mountain championships. At some point, something went egregiously wrong for the Swedish freeskier as she attempted this unforgiving cliff band. After tomahawking down the slope, it’s a miracle that she only walked away with a broken wrist and few scratches.