(Squaw Valley USA) February 5, 2008 - It's second year as an official stop on the Subaru U.S. Freeskiing Series, the Subaru Squaw Valley USA Freeskiing Open is set to host competitors from around the globe, including Canada, U.S.A., Argentina, Sweden and France. The best freeskiers in the world will battle it out for $7,500 with the men's and women's overall U.S. Freeskiing Tour point leaders taking home $2,500 each. Over 60 men and 30 women are scheduled to compete at the Subaru Squaw Valley USA Freeskiing Open including freeskiing champions Cliff Bennett, Kevin O'Meara, Griffin Post, last year's men's winner Adrien Coirier and Tour Champion Jess McMillan.
"Squaw is the perfect venue for a freeskiing contest; awesome terrain, great access, and perfect spectating spots. Not to mention, the local talent is unbelievable, said former U.S. Freeskiing Champion and Squaw Valley USA local Ingrid Backstrom. "The month of January has been epic here; it's shaping up to be excellent conditions for a contest. I can't wait to see everyone charging."
With 34 lifts accessing six peaks, 4000 acres of terrain, three terrain parks and endless possibilities, Squaw Valley USA is a must experience on any snow sports enthusiast's list. Host to the 1960 Winter Games, Squaw Valley USA is a legendary mountain with breathtaking views, unrivaled terrain and activities that include cross country skiing, dog sledding, rock climbing, tubing and more. High Camp, elevation 8,200 feet offers an array of dining choices as well as the Olympic Ice Pavilion and free form pool and spa. The new European style pedestrian Village at Squaw Valley USA offers extended dining and shopping choices. Join us at Squaw Valley USA for world-renowned terrain, world-class amenities and this incredible display or freeskiing prowess.
"We are super excited to bring the Subaru US Freeskiing Series back to Squaw Valley USA, said MSI Director of the Winter Sports Group and Announcer Dak Williams. "Squaw is one of the true meccas of big mountain skiing. We look forward to having an athlete pool that brings legends, as well as up-and-comers, together for the second stop on the 2008 Subaru US Freeskiing Series.
Once again, MSI will be posting same-day video webcasts on the newly redesigned usfreeskiing.com which features state of the art video and photo player technology. The daily uploads of video, photos, news and results of each day's competition action will be available after each day concludes.
2008 Subaru U.S. Freeskiing Series & Freeskiing World Tour Schedule
• Subaru Telluride Freeskiing Open, Telluride CO, February 7-10
• Subaru Squaw Valley Freeskiing Open, Squaw Valley, CA, February 14-17
• Subaru U.S. Extreme Freeskiing Championships, Crested Butte, CO, February 19-23 (World Tour #1)
• Subaru Jackson Hole Freeskiing Open, Jackson Hole, WY, March 13-16
• Subaru U.S. Freeskiing Nationals, Snowbird, UT, March 18-23 (World Tour #2)
• Subaru Freeskiing World Championships and Subaru U.S. Freeskiing Series Finals, Alyeska, AK, April 9-13 (World Tour #3)
Special thanks go out to the sponsors:
Subaru of America
The North Face
Ski Press Magazine
Mt. Olympus water
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