On the way to Verbier: The Xtreme 2011

luca parisse

I could not miss the 16th edition of the Xtreme Verbier.
I prepared the camper and for the third time I went to Verbier, a trip of only 880 km!
The Xtreme is the most anticipated event of the freeride, with this race will be crowned world champions in both freeride ski and snowboard.
The Swiss weather forecast predicted bad weather for which the race was moved to 20/3
We had two days for skiing and for the first time we have found great powder in Verbier resort, a great gift of Heaven in this period!
As had been predicted by the Swiss forecast, the weather was perfect!
The snow was soft and a lot more than the first day in Verbier
There were all the conditions for an event to remember!
Let’s go back a little back in time.

Today there is already a big party on the streets of Verbier, music and entertainment along the
road through the village to the start of the cableway of Medran
At 5e30pm, finally, the open Ceremony
begins, the best raiders in the world go up on stage to take the race number.
The ceremony is over, I shot the photo with all 37 athletes, skiing and snowboarding, men and women.
Today is expected to Dakine Freeride Junior but because of poor visibility has been canceled and postponed to the next day, after the big race.
Let’s go skiing, snowing a lot, we ski on the slopes of Nendaz where visibility is better.
Finally the race day has arrived!
Wake up at 6:30. We walked across the center of Verbier and get to Medran. It ‘s a great climb with a backpack weighing about 10kg.
In the bag I had: 2 cameras (EOS 5D MKII and EOS 7D), Canon 300 f/2.8L IS, Extender 2 (EF 1.4x and EF 2x), Canon 24105L, Canon 15mm fisheye lens, filters, batteries etc..
My assistant Kappa and I arrive early in the Col Des Gentiane where was the area set up for the event: great reception for media and guests: tables with benches covered with soft fur throws and blankets not know which animal, chairs and soft puff placed on the snow, a big tent with a buffet, a stage for the ceremony, stand and lots of music!

Where to stand to get a good view over the mountain of the race?
The media area was actually too far even for my 600mm lens!

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