18/10/2013 | by Nina Zietman | 4 comments
The Verbier Xtreme competition, held here every year on the North face of the Bec des Rosses, is part of the Freeride World Tour and probably the most prestigious freeride contest in the world. Google ‘Bec des Rosses’ and you’ll see why – the terrain on this face is pretty much the definition of gnar! It goes without saying that you must have the kit and know-how to freeride in Verbier. Avalanches are common, so check local conditions before attempting anything. A good starter is to head to the Mont Gele cable car. This serves no pistes, just a stack of off-piste runs and couloirs of varying difficulty. The Col des Mines, and Vallon d’Arbi are classic routes which steer you towards wide open powder fields, and are a must do.