Tabke remains a mainstay on the ski tour through consistently finishing in the top 10. In 2013 he was FWT World Champion and in 2012 he was second overall on the Freeskiing World Tour and was ranked first in 2011.
In 2013 the Freeride World Tour merged with the Freeskiing World Tour, which provided athletes and fans with one global tour for all of the best skiers and snowboarders in the world to compete on. Winning the first year of this global tour was not only a huge accomplishment, but it was a clear statement that Tabke is a dominant skiing force.
In the last 10 years, Tabke has seen competitors come and go, and more importantly the prize purses have grown to almost 10 times the amounts they were back in 2004. Now, he's a season veteran who has established himself as an athlete with a balanced view on the sometimes deadly sport of big mountain freeride competitions. He credits his success to his time growing up in the mountain resort of Park City Utah, and his longevity to his persevering nature.
"I've stuck around long enough to know that consistency is a result of sticking with it. And now that we have one worldwide tour with a global audience sticking with it, it has been worth it," Tabke said on a late-night drive from British Columbia to his home ski area of Crystal Mountain, Washington.
Follow Tabke's success this season on his blog at http smallworldbigmountains.com And Listen to his entire interview on Edging the Xtreme on RadioBDC with Dan Egan in the player embedded here:
The 2014 Freeride World Tour season will open in Courmayeur Mont Blanc, Italy (Jan. 18), with men's ski and snowboard competitions. The Freeride World Tour will then continue with both men's and women's ski and snowboard competition at Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, France (Jan. 25), Fieberbrunn Kitzbüheler Alpen, Austria (Feb. 1), Kirkwood in the US (March 1), Revelstoke, Canada (March 10) and the Swatch Xtreme Verbier in Switzerland (March 22).
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