(2011) Verbier Life meets Xavier De Le Rue, and dares to ask the question – What line he chooses to go down the Bec des Rosses this year?

Xavier De Le Rue is probably the best freeride snowboarders in the world (three times freeride world champion and three times winner of the Verbier Xtreme, after four-time world champion in snowboard cross) and is one of the few European riders have enjoyed great success in the US, in films like “The Storming” and the highly anticipated “Deeper” and in the documentary “Lives of the Artists”, shot in Antarctica. This season, Xavier De Le Rue, Guido Perrini cameraman and photographer Tero Repo have partnered to produce “Timeline,” a look behind the scenes of some of the most beautiful images of the freeride world.

Already, in the last months ago, the “dream team” (nickname given to this harmonious team that has worked closely over the last three years) has had the opportunity to camp in the depths of Canada and -27 C slept in an igloo in Japan. After this interview, the Freeride World Tour (FWT) takes Xavier Austria, the United States and perhaps in Russia (according to the results of previous steps), the final taking place in Verbier this month.

What motivated you to create Timeline Missions?

Until now, we had to film filmed with the final few beautiful pictures of action, but unfortunately, no one had the opportunity to see the back of the scène..tous these moments of doubts and fears that n have never been shown, all the preparation, travel, tracking and work necessary for the realization of these images.

How was winter so far?

It ranged from quiet gliding between the trees and the types expedition voyages … Canada was a week of camping with lots of snow. It was a little disappointing, not really very steep tree skiing rather in the style of Bruson. A good way to start the winter – with lots of ski touring to get in shape for the upcoming season. We then returned to Verbier for Christmas, before setting sail for Japan for a two-week trip. Japan was excellent, lots of powder snow, a few good niche clear weather, good snow and some beautiful lines.

How was the food? (I should ask about the snow conditions, but I could not resist the urge to hear also talk about the dining experience).

Gorgeous. There was no sushi in Hakuba, but we caught up well in Tokyo. Breakfast was a little surprising, rice and lots of weird stuff half sweet, salty half … We also ate some of the best Italian food out there in the restaurant of a friend – although we ate a few sneak sushi before going …

After Japan, you went to Chamonix for the first stage of the FWT and won. How was it?

Brilliant – the competition had to move in Courmayeur on the Italian side of Mont Blanc because of snow conditions – the organization of the relocation of the entire event in such a short time was impressive. And in the end they managed to get us great snow … a good start!

The Tour also includes steps in Austria, the USA, Russia and of course here in Verbier. A question a bit insidious, what is your favorite stage of the Tour?

Verbier is the one I feel most happy – the Bec des Rosses attracts the most people, it also offers the best lines. This is a mountain where you can really push your limits. This is a mountain that requires maturity and a deep respect from the riders.

You participated eight times in the Verbier Xtreme and have won the last three years is impressive. Have you nervous when you’re on the starting grid at the top of Bec?

All the time.

The knees are shaking?

Yes – when I try something engaged. It’s positive to fight against your nerves when you know you are able to make a big line. These big lines require greater preparation longer the line, the bigger I have knees that tremble. It’s part of the job!

Last year, you chose a new line to go down the spout. Do you see the mountain throughout the year to plan your next line of Xtreme?

Conditions vary throughout the season, which seems good at the beginning of winter can not end work. I saw my winning line last year when I was skiing with my daughter. I returned, I checked again, and then studied and luckily won because of it.

Are you planning a new line this year?

Not quite new, a line that was made before, but I intend to make a big jump chaining – I have a plan but it will depend on the conditions. That said, I might well choose another option. We will see …

To see Xavier travel pictures in Canada, Japan and around Verbier, visit www.timelinemissions.com. To see the line on the face of Bec, go up there on March 19 (see FWT website for any changes in dates). Www.freerideworldtour.com