Last year, the US Freeskiing Tour—America’s premiere big-mountain skiing competitions—renamed itself as the Freeskiing World Tour. The tour’s plans were to hold competitions outside the U.S. but they were never finalized (stops were held at Telluride, Crested Butte, Kirkwood, Snowbird, and Alyeska). Meanwhile, athletes on its rival tour, the Freeride World Tour (based in Europe), globetrotted from Russia to France to California to Switzerland. But this winter, Mountain Sports International, which runs the Freeskiing World Tour, will have athletes using a passport.
In September, Mountain Sport’s International announced the first competition for this year’s tour wouldn’t be in North America. The South American Freeskiing Championships kicks off on September 2 in La Parva, Chile, less than 30 miles outside the capital of Santiago. The venue for this event will be on La Parva’s newly opened terrain called McConkey’s (named in memory of former Freeskiing World Tour competitor and big-mountain skiing legend Shane McConkey). “Athletes will have the unique opportunity to pioneer new lines and potentially name their airs and lines at the bottom of their run,” says MSI’s Mike Reff.
MSI also announced the tour would travel north to Revelstoke, BC, in early January for the Canadian Freeskiing Championships. This is the first time it’s been held in Canada since 2004, when a comp was held in Whistler. “Revelstoke has a large freeride feel and culture that the locals share and it should be exciting to see that when the tour goes back to Canada,” says MSI’s Bryan Barlow. Weather permitting, MSI plans to transport skiers via cat or helicopter into the backcountry terrain of the Montana Bowl or Kokanee Bowl.
From BC, the tour continues on to Crested Butte, Colorado, then travels to the Cirque at Kirkwood, California. Snowbird will host the 2010 Freeskiing World Championships, where the tour leaders will face off on North Baldy for the ultimate big-mountain title. For more info on the tour and to watch live broadcasts of this year’s competitions, visit freeskiingworldtour.com.
2010 Subaru Freeskiing World Tour Schedule of Events:
September 3-6, 2009 — The North Face South American Freeskiing Championships, La Parva, Chile
January 6-10, 2010 — The Canadian Freeskiing Championships, Revelstoke, Canada
February 2010 — Subaru Freeskiing World Tour Qualifier, Location TBA
February 17-21, 2010 — Subaru US Freeskiing Championships, Kirkwood, CA, USA
March 3-7, 2010 — Subaru North American Freeskiing Championships, Kirkwood, CA, USA
March 16-21, 2010 — Subaru Freeskiing World Championships, Snowbird, UT, USA