Xavier de Le Rue France

Home Mountain:
Verbier, Switzerland


Those who refer to XDLR as a complete rider offer a near criminal understatement. In truth, Xavier is pure psychopath. What he does on the world’s steepest snowpack is defy death. He considers that the primary goal. Snowboarding is secondary, and physical comfort doesn’t even make it into the top ten. For an illustration of the former point, look no further than Standard Films Aesthetica, where his beloved mountains nearly took his life. His chosen line unleashed a double avalanche with a path nearly 2 kilometers long, burying him and packing his throat with snow. He credits an ABS backpack for returning him to the world above, and his friend Henrik for pulling him out. The racer turned big mountain free rider, ice climber and vertical adventurer sine pari grew up in the Pyrenees, the range of mountains that forms a natural border between France and Spain. The area boasts nearly 50 ski resorts, which only served to fuel the call of the wild in the case of one Xavier de le Rue.

Favorite Event to Watch in Sochi:

I am quite excited about the slopèestyle and the pipe to see what these guys have got for us this year...

Favorite Music:

i like the sound of the wind but I would say that a good ac dc would be the one I would choose to really pump it up.

Other Hobbies:

Surfing. Mountain Biking. Flying Paraglide

Favorite GoPro Mount for Training:

I think that my favorite mount is the stick cause you can really do incredible angles that people are not used to.

Career Highlights

2010 Voted "Big Mountain Rider of the Year": Snowboard Magazine
Voted "Standout Rider of the Year": Annual TWS Rider’s Poll
2009 Gold: FIS World Championships – Snowboardcross | Bad Gastein
2007 Gold: FIS World Championships – Snowboardcross | Arosa
2005 Gold: FIS World Championships 1 – Snowboardcross | Valle Nevado
Gold: FIS World Championships 2 – Snowboardcross | Valle Nevado
Gold: World Cup – Snowboardcross | Tandalalen
Gold: World Cup – Snowboardcross | Lake Placid
2004 Gold: World Cup – Snowboardcross | Bardoneccia
Gold: World Cup – Snowboardcross | Mt. Bachelor
Gold: World Cup – Snowboardcross | Niigata
2003 Gold: World Cup – Snowboardcross | Bad Gastein 1
Gold: World Cup – Snowboardcross | Bad Gastein 2
Gold: World Cup – Snowboardcross | Berchtesgaden
Gold: World Cup – Snowboardcross | Kreischberg

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