While North America has had pretty much three months worth of solid snow (which bodes well for the Alaskan stop on the tour next month), Europe’s not had the best start to the season. In fact, that would be an understatement – it’s been so bad that freeride mecca Chamonix had to pull the plug on the first stop of the 2017 Freeride World Tour last week due to poor snow coverage and high winds.
Luckily, Andorra has been getting the goods recently, so the second planned stop of the year today ended up being a banger start to the tour with the men’s skiers kicking off proceedings on the same face from 2015, now re-named Smoothy’s Garden after his insane run that same year.
WL was actually lucky enough to attend the 2016 edition, so it was with a mixture of fond memories for Sascha Hamm’s win last year and sadness due to his current absence from the tour after a terrible crash on the Austrian leg that we tuned into to the live stream this afternoon, not to mention the tragic death of Estelle Balet late last spring. However, we’re sure Sascha was watching it with a smile, so we’ll continue with the results…