© Freeride World Tour / David Carlier
© Freeride World Tour / David Carlier
© Freeride World Tour / Zlu Haller


Ried, 4th of February 2014 – Fischer freeski athlete Nicolas Salencon celebrated is biggest career highlight so far on monday. During the third stop of the Freeride World Tour 2014, at the Tyrolean ski area Kappl, the replacement of the original Fieberbrunn venue, the 30 year old Argentinian laid down an exceptional run to take second place. The creative run included a gigantic 360 off a cliff and left the rest of the pack behind, only the New Zealand Sam Smoothy could top it. This resounding success has catapulted Nicolas into third place in the overall FWT ranking.
The condition at the 2,800m tall Quellspitze above Kappl in the Paznau Valley were challenging but still worthy of a Freeride World Tour event. Under blue skies and on new snow 32 skiers attacked the diverse competition venue. Variable snow conditions meant that riders had to remain clean and solid throughout their runs while choosing technical and creative lines. The move to Kappl was decided on Sunday after the original venue in Fieberbrunn was deemed unsafe due to the conditions. The organisers worked hard and made a great decision to ensure a high quality event.
Nicolas Salencon was second to last through the starting gate. Even though the conditions were far from ideal – the face was covered in tracks and bomb holes – Nicolas skied completely in control throughout, choosing his own unique line. He took two nice drops in the upper section, that hardly anyone else skied, and then sent a massive 360 in the main section of the venue. He landed the trick cleanly, one of the only athletes able to do so on the feature. He sent a couple more cliff drops in the lower section and sped into the finish coral after perhaps the most creative line of the day. Judges awarded him a 80.75, putting him in second behind the Kiwi Sam Smoothy, and in front of Richard Amacker from Switzerland. After his third place at the Verbier Xtreme in 2012, this is Salencon’s second podium at the Freeride World Tour. After a sixth place in Courmayeur and the thirteenth in Chamonix, this latest result has catapulted him into third place in the overall FWT rankings.
The other riders on the Fischer Freeride team were unfortunately less successful. Julien Lopez charged hard as always, and easily sent the biggest cliff of the day but was sadly unable to stick the landing cleanly due to the challenging snow conditions and was therefor judged into twelfth place. In eleventh was team mate Conor Pelton, who also had trouble landing his big trick. Neil Williman, Hannah Fisher and Ashley Maxfield unfortunately crashed their runs. The Freeride World Tour is now moving to North America for stops in Kirkwood and Revelstoke.