Due to a storm predicted to hit the Verbier St Bernard region on Saturday, the Swatch Xtreme Verbier by The North Face has to be re-scheduled to take place one day earlier than announced, on Friday March 22. The final confirmation of the new schedule, including exact competition and live feed timing will be announced on Wednesday morning on FreerideWorldTour.com.
Verbier and the fabled "Bec des Rosses" is considered the pinnacle of freeride competitions. The contest was originally scheduled for Saturday but with a southwest front coming in that is predicted to stay over the next week, organizers today decided to advance the competition to Friday, March 22.
With its extreme nature, only the best 12 male skiers, six male snowboarders, five female skiers, and four female snowboarders of the 2013 FWT are qualified for the finals on the steeps of Bec des Rosses. In addition, there will also a few exciting exclusive wildcards, including three-time world snowboard champion Xavier de Le Rue (FRA) and five-time Xtreme winner Steve Klassen (USA) in the male snowboard division, as well as Stefan Haeusl (AUT), Aurélien Ducroz (FRA), Samuel Anthamatten (SUI) and Seb Michaud (FRA) in the male skiers. Crystal Wright (USA) and Lorraine Huber (AUT), actual leader of the FWQ ranking also got the chance to ski the Bec in the female ski category.