Date: March 9, 2018 Author: Jeff Schmuck Categories: news

It’s crunch time on the Freeride World Tour (FWT), and Kristofer Turdell’s second place finish in Fieberbrunn has secured him the 2018 FWT Ski Men World Title as riders gave it their all in the Austrian Tyrol.

The stakes could not have been any higher: a World Title race, qualification for the FWT finals at the Xtreme Verbier and the 2019 season were all on the line today in the Austrian Tyrol, and the world’s top freeriders did not disappoint. With only two days of rest following a stellar competition in Andorra, riders in every category were on fire for “Crunch Time” in Fieberbrunn.

Mickael Bimboes. Photo by Jeremy Bernard / Freeride World Tour

The Austrians came ready to represent on their home turf in an extremely high-level competition for the category. Defending FWT Fieberbrunn winner, Lorraine Huber (Austria - 1st Place) took to the air early with a beautifully executed double followed by a huge drop, which she stomped perfectly to take the win. Eva Walkner (Austria - 2nd Place) came out of the gate flying and linked up multiple big airs with confidence, fluidity and control to earn her a spot on the podium next to her compatriot. Rachel Croft (USA - 3rd Place) stood proudly on the FWT podium for the first time in her career after stomping a high-confidence big mountain run.

"I am so happy that I will compete at The Bec des Rosses in Verbier. I had not been not sure if it would work out. This victory means so much to me, especially after my slow start into the season" says Lorraine Huber

Eva Walkner (2nd), Lorraine Huber (1st), Rachel Croft (3rd).
Photo by Jeremy Bernard / Freeride World Tour

Women’s Ski Results

1) Lorraine Huber
2) Eva Walkner
3) Rachel Croft
4) Arianna Tricomi
5) Hazel Birnbaum
6) Kylie Sivell
7) Elisabeth Gerritzen
8) Jaclyn Passo

It was a day of firsts for the rookie Mickael Bimboes (France - 1st Place), who claimed his first career FWT win and podium thanks to hard-charging big mountain confidence, perfectly stomped airs and a huge, must-stick gap jump over the lower couloir, which has never been seen before in a competition on the “Wildseeloder” venue. Kristofer Turdell (Sweden - 2nd Place) stood on the podium for the second time this week and clinched the 2018 FWT Ski Men World Championships after stomping a nearly perfect technical run with tons of air time. Former champion, George Rodney (USA - 3rd) was back in form perfectly stomping one of the biggest airs of the day, which landed him back in the winner’s circle.


“What a surprising day! Having a very late start with my bib number and still getting some good snow and… even winning!” said Mickael Bimboes.

Kristofer Turdell (2nd), Mickael Bimboes (1st), George Rodney (3rd).
Photo by Jeremy Bernard / Freeride World Tour

Men’s Ski Results

1) Mickael Bimboes
2) Kristofer Turdell
3) George Rodney
4) Loic Collomb-Patton
5) Leo Slemett
6) Reine Barkered
7) Ryan Faye
8) Taisuke Kusunoki
9) Grifen Moller
10) Markus Eder
11) Stefan Hausi
12) Fabio Studer
13) Berkeley Patterson
14) Yann Rausis
15) Armar Navarro
16) Craig Murray
17) Drew Take
18) Sam Lee
19) Conor Pelton
20) Trace Cooke
21) Felix Wiemers
24) Carl Regnér Eriksson
24) Logan Pehota
24) Ivan Malakhov

The phenomenal 2018 season is coming to a dramatic Grand Finale in just a couple of weeks at the Xtreme Verbier, where the World Champions will be crowned. Stay tuned for the latest information on and FWT’s social media channels as riders head into the home stretch on their quest to secure the prestigious World Title.