For immediate release:
SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH (October 29, 2014) – 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 am 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.
The Freeride Series is a key activation of the Subaru WinterFest, which will be at each stop including sponsor expos, educational clinics, parties featuring bands at each location, good beer and local food.
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
About Subaru of America, Inc.
Subaru of America, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. of Japan. Headquartered at a zero-landfill office in Cherry Hill, N.J., the company markets and distributes Subaru vehicles, parts, and accessories through a network of more than 600 retailers across the United States. All Subaru products are manufactured in zero-landfill production plants, and Subaru of Indiana Automotive, Inc. is the only U.S. automobile production plant to be designated a backyard wildlife habitat by the National Wildlife Federation. For additional information, visit media.subaru.com.
Mountain Sports International, Inc. (MSI)
Mountain Sports International (MSI) is a private company, founded in 1997, to develop and produce action/adventure sports events and programming in North America. MSI operates the Subaru Freeride Series, in addition to several other properties and concepts. MSI launched MSI Live in 2009, to provide live HD webcast production, content management, encoding, and satellite uplink & delivery. MSI provides event management services, infrastructure and expertise for high-end brands, including The North Face, Red Bull, Subaru, UFC, Burton, Scott Sports, Clif Bar and Sierra Nevada. MSI matches brand and culture, company and credibility, to create sought-after events that help to define the action sports culture. For more information, visit mtsports.com.