Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Freeskiing World Tour kicks off at Telluride

The Subaru Telluride Freeskiing World Tour Qualifier (FWTQ) kicks off the competitive big mountain season at Telluride Ski Resort February 5-8, 2009. Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the Freeskiing World Tour (FWT) will launch the 2009 campaign with ideal snow conditions on Telluride’s legendary terrain.
Competitors from around the globe, including Canada, U.S.A., Japan and Australia will battle it out for the $10,000 cash purse, as well as the opportunity to bypass the qualifying rounds of the four FWT stops. The stacked field of approximately 70 men and 30 women includes contenders Andy Sabatier, Chuck Mumford, Nick Devore, Frank Shine, Lars Chickering-Ayers, Kira Kitchens, Erin Kerr and Ariana Stufano.
"The Freeskiing World Tour Qualifier at Telluride Ski Resort promises to be one of the most unique events of the season", said MSI Events Director Dak Williams. "There will be athletes looking to qualify for the Freeskiing World Tour, athletes looking to win a title and athletes looking to win some cash. Telluride Resort has again stepped up to make the event better than ever and if the weather cooperates we will be competing on terrain that we haven’t skied on before. Telluride Resort and MSI are both committed to making this tour opener set the precedence for the season".
Palmyra Peak will be the backdrop to the competition as skiers explore terrain below the Peak on the ridges of Black Iron Bowl and Prospect Basin. Westlake, the Cowboy Couloir, Genevieve and La Rosa will are proposed venues for the qualifying rounds, while the ominous Mountain Quail, Dihedral Chute & Dihedral Face are proposed venues for the finals. Newly opened to the public, due in part by the success of the Freeskiing World Tour, this world-class extreme terrain is unmatched in North America for steeps and fresh powder.

2009 Freeskiing World Tour Schedule of Events:

Subaru Telluride Freeskiing World Tour Qualifier, Telluride, Colorado. February 5-8
2009Subaru US Extreme Freeskiing Championships, Crested Butte, Colorado. February 19-22
2009Subaru US Freeskiing Nationals, Snowbird, Utah. March 10-15
2009Subaru North American Freeskiing Championships, Kirkwood, California. March 19-23
2009Subaru Freeskiing World Championships, Alyeska, Alaska. April 8-12, 2009