2010 Salomon Extreme Freeride Championships at Taos: Zipser, Anthamatten take Taos Cup in Fieberbrunn, Austria

Max Zipser (Snowboard) and Samuel Anthamatten score free entry, accommodation to Taos event with wins in Austria.

Austrian FWT rider Max Zipser and Swiss skier Samuel Anthamatten ended up on the top of the podium at the

Scott Big Mountain 2010 in Fieberbrunn, Austria. The victories allowed both athletes to score the Taos Cup, giv-

ing them free entry plus accommodations at the 2010 Salomon Extreme Freeride Championships in Taos, New


Zipser, a Freeride World Tour athlete, won the men's snowboard category at the Fieberbrunn Freeride World

Tour Qualifying event by taking the most technical line of the day in Austria. Zipser's line included a high-speed

attack of the mountain, with sections steeper than 50 degrees. Up and coming skier Samuel Anthamatten scored

his first podium of the year, with a tie for first with Freeride World Tour skier, Matthias Haunholder. In agreement

with Haunholder, Anthamatten received the Taos Cup.

The event was held on Fieberbrunn's northeast facing "Wildseeloder" face. A varied venue, with one very steep

and technical side and one side with more open spaces for fast and playful riding, the event attracted athletes

from across Europe, including Norway, Sweden, and, of course, Austria and Switzerland. Complete results, pho-

tos and videos can be seen at bigmountain-fieberbrunn.at.

"We're looking forward to the opportunity to host both Zipser and Anthamatten," says Taos' Alejandro Blake.

"Our partnership with the Scott Big Mountain and the Fieberbrunn community helps us develop the international

appeal of the Salomon Extreme Freeride Championships while giving athletes more opportunities to compete

around the globe. It's an exciting time for big-mountain skiing and riding."

Held from March 10 – 13, Salomon Extreme Freeride Championships at Taos is New Mexico's largest and most

prestigious ski and snowboard competition, attracting athletes from around the world and featuring a $12,000

purse. The event is a Freeride World Qualifier (FWQ) event, allowing athletes to gain entry to the Freeride World

Tour's four showcase events: The Nissan Russian Adventure (Sochi, Russia), Nissan Tram Face (Squaw Valley,

USA), Nissan Freeride de Chamonix (Chamonix, France) and Nissan Xtreme (Verbier, Switzerland). Taos also

joins an elite group of venues, from Italy and Norway to Austria and Slovakia as a FWQ venue.

For more information on 2010 Salomon Extreme Freeride Championships at Taos, to make reservations or to

see results from past competitions, please visit skitaos.org. To learn more about the Freeride World Tour, check

out freerideworldtour.com. And stay tuned to skitaos.org for special see and ski deals that will allow spectators to

take advantage of discounted accommodations and skiing during the March 10 – 13 timeframe of the event.