On Saturday, the women skiers and snowboarders tackled Verbier, Switzerland's Bec de Rosses to compete in the final stop of the Freeride World Tour. Norway's Ane Enderud repeated her victory from last year, Jackson Hole's Jess McMillan took second, and wild card entry Julia Mancuso, fresh off her two Olympic silver medals, took an impressive third place. Judge Tom Winter reports.
It’s hard to describe in words how intense the face of the Bec de Rosses, and the riders who challenge it, are. Saturday started rather unpromisingly, with rain in the village and low clouds cloaking the top of the venue. But the weather blew out, allowing both the women skiers and snowboarders to get their runs in. Notable was the presence of Julia Mancuso, the U.S. Olympian. But it was Ane Enderud’s day as the Norwegian skied flawlessly to repeat her heroics from last year here, and win the women’s ski division again.