Subaru Freeride Series 2015 Competition Schedule Announced
Continuing the Legacy of the Freeskiing World Tour and Masters of Snowboarding
Mountain Sports International (MSI) is thrilled to release the much anticipated Subaru Freeride Series 2015 winter competition schedule. The Subaru Freeride Series (SFS) represents the amalgamation of the Freeskiing World Tour and Masters of Snowboarding. Dedicated to athletes, quality, culture, competition, freeride history and sport progression, the Subaru Freeride Series will host four stops for skiers and snowboarders at North America’s top big mountain venues in 2015 and one in South America.
The world’s best athletes will compete on the most respected mountains and will be showcased to a global audience via HD Live Webcast at each competition. The series will feature the legendary terrain of Snowbird, UT (Feb. 4-8), Telluride, CO (March 4-8), Big Sky, MT (March 25-29) and a fourth stop soon to be announced. Registration opens November 4, 2014 at 11:00AM MST on SubaruFreerideSeries.com. An event in Chile next summer will kick off the 2016 season.
The Freeskiing World Tour (FWT) is the oldest competitive big mountain freeskiing tour in the history of the sport, producing the world’s premier open big mountain skiing competitions at the most rugged mountains in North and South America. Founded in 1998, the FWT, created and produced by Mountain Sports International, Inc. (MSI), is heading into its 18th year. MSI also founded the Masters of Snowboarding in 2008, which was the first competitive snowboarding tour specifically tailored to pioneer the sport of Big Mountain Snowboarding.
“The Subaru Freeride Series and MSI are deeply committed to producing the highest quality freeride competitions,” explained MSI CEO/Co-Founder Adam Comey. “MSI was founded with a passion for the freeride community, its athletes, photographers, journalists, fans and the amazing big mountain terrain of resorts around the world, but specifically in North and South America. For more than 18 years, athletes aspiring to stake a claim in the ski industry have achieved success through competitions produced by MSI.”
At each location, both ski and snowboard divisions for adult men and women will be offered. The event format will incorporate three days of competition including a qualifier day with open registration, semi-finals and finals (plus a weather day). Both ski and snowboard divisions will compete on the same days. A pre-qualified athlete list based off past event results will be available online. Athletes will accumulate points from each stop with the best three scores from each rider will be combined to determine the overall series champions. The coveted Sickbird Award will also be up-for-grabs at each location.
Subaru Freeride Series 2015 Competition Calendar
Disciplines: Men’s and Women’s Ski and Snowboard
Feb. 4-8 | Snowbird, Utah
March 4-8 | Telluride, Colorado
March 25-29 | Big Sky, Montana
TBA | Fourth Stop
SFS will be the pinnacle of events in North America and the only Open elite big mountain competition series in the world. Each competition will be Live Webcast and covered by the industry’s most prestigious outlets. Many former competitors have quickly evolved their careers by establishing themselves as top tier riders while competing in the SFS.
“The SFS is an awesome tour that I’m stoked to be a part of. There is an incredible sense of community, everyone knows each other and is there for the same reason, for the love of skiing,” said Sean Collin.
“To me, freeride is about community, sharing the sport, and enjoying the mountain,” remarked Lars Chickering-Ayers. “On a professional level, big mountain competitions are looking for a place right now. I want to be a voice in the conversation of progressing freeride competitions that encourage athletes to ski a mountain as freely and fun as possible while choosing a line that is unique, challenging and different.”
“It’s great that it will again be an open event like it has always been,” said Casey Lucas.
“I’m planning on competing in the SFS stops and am most looking forward to Telluride. I love the area and the terrain. ” Casey Riva remarked. “Freeride to me is choice. You have the top, and you have the bottom, but you choose the most fun path down each time. I love these events because you get to see that take place with every athlete. The event is a competition, but the atmosphere is always so positive.”
“I’m planning to continue competing on SFS this winter, and I’m really excited to see Snowbird back on the list.” Monica Purington shared.
“I have plans to travel and compete with SFS. In my eyes, each venue has it’s own special thing to offer. I think first and foremost, I’m most looking forward to Snowbird because it’s one of my home mountains and the two possible venues (Silver Fox and Baldy) have such awesome terrain in addition to great viewing. I’m also pretty excited to see Telluride in the lineup again because the town has such a great vibe in addition to some pretty sweet terrain,” explained Daniel McFadden.
“The coolest thing about being an athlete on the SFS is we get to compete with skiers/snowboarders from a variety of backgrounds. Everyone has a personal take and a set of skills they bring to the table. I take bits and pieces from all of these people,” Hazel Birnbaum described. “Freeriding is a creative and personal expression and interpretation of how we interact and interpret the landscapes and mountains we love. I’m really psyched about the progress we saw last season, especially in the ladies’ field. So, I’d like to see that trajectory continue. To me that means, bolder lines and bigger airs.”
“I’m most looking forward to SFS at Snowbird! I rode there for four years, and I love that mountain. It has the most classic venues of freeride comps because the terrain is versatile, gets super billy goat, and you can hit jumps the whole way down,” John Rodosky said.
“I am planning on competing in the SFS 15 if it lines up with my schedule and the conditions are good! One of my goals for the season is to get some tricks down. I have always wanted to throw a backflip in a comp so maybe someday that will land me the Sick Bird!” remarked Katrina DeVore.
Registration for all events opens November 4, 2014 at 11:00AM MST on SubaruFreerideSeries.com. Join Freeride Series on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and by using #FreerideSeries #SFS15. SFS is sponsored by Subaru, The North Face, Sierra Nevada and Clif Bar. The Freeride Series is an MSI production.
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