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For immediate release:

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH (Nov. 4, 2013)- The North Face Park and Pipe Open Series will open athlete registration for the 2013-14 season tomorrow Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 10 a.m. MST on TheNorthFacePPOS.com. Registration is anticipated to fill extremely fast after opening.

The North Face Park and Pipe Open Series’ (PPOS) three stops will include halfpipe at Copper Mountain, CO (Dec. 6-8), halfpipe and slopestyle at Whistler Blackcomb, BC (Jan. 13-16, 2014), and Stratton Mountain Resort (Feb. 20-22, 2014), which will feature a slopestyle competition and rail jam. The Copper Mountain stop will serve as a last chance qualifier into the U.S. Grand Prix series, which is the Olympic qualification series for freeskiing athletes in the U.S. and will ultimately select the athletes who will compete for the U.S. Olympic Freeskiing team at the Sochi Winter Olympics in February 2014. The Sochi Olympics will be the first Winter Games to include freeskiing, halfpipe, and slopestyle.

The Copper Mountain and Stratton Mountain stops will both be International Ski Federation (FIS) sanctioned events with Copper Mountain designated as a NorAm Cup. All three PPOS events are also part of the Association of Freeskiing Professionals (AFP) competition schedule.

Prequalified athletes must indicate interest by registering. Prequalification is based off of the 2012-13 AFP end of year standings. The top 30 men in slopestyle, top 20 men in halfpipe, top 20 women in slopestyle, and top 20 women in halfpipe will be prequalified. Any 2012-13 PPOS competitor who finished in the top three at any stop is also prequalified for the 2014 season. Athletes must be 14 years of age or older to compete as of December 31, 2013. A list of prequalified athletes is available online.

Important Athlete Information
*For Copper Mountain and Stratton events only, U.S. athletes must have a valid FIS and USSA membership at least one week prior to the event to compete. Non-U.S. citizens only need to have a FIS membership. Visit USSA.org to purchase your freestyle/freeskiing FIS and USSA membership.

*Athletes must be at least 14 years old as of December 31st, 2013 to compete. Athletes under the age of 18 will need to have a legal guardian sign both the MSI and Resort Waivers and bring them to the event.

*To register, visit TheNorthFacePPOS.com.

For athlete or registration information visit TheNorthFacePPOS.com or contact Julia Jimmerson, MSI athlete relations manager at jjimmerson@mtsports.com or (801) 349-4616.

For media or general information contact Jessica Kunzer, MSI marketing and communications director at jkunzer@mtsports.com or (801) 349-2612.

Follow The North Face Park and Pipe Open Series on Facebook at facebook.com/thenorthfaceppos and on Twitter at twitter.com/TNFParkandPipe and #PPOS.

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The North Face
The North Face, a division of VF Outdoor, Inc., was founded in 1968. Headquartered in Alameda, California, the company offers the most technically advanced products in the market to accomplished climbers, mountaineers, snowsport athletes, endurance athletes, and explorers. The company’s products are sold in specialty mountaineering, backpacking, running, and snowsport retailers, premium-sporting goods retailers, and major outdoor specialty retail chains. For more information, go to www.thenorthface.com.

Association of Freeskiing Professionals
In 2007 world-class athletes and ski industry professionals formed the AFP to ensure the progression of the sport, its athletes and its culture were maintained while bringing freeskiing to a mainstream audience. By uniting events worldwide under one true world ranking and implementing standards to ensure consistency in judging, competition scheduling and event sanctioning requirements, the AFP has legitimized the sport of freeskiing. This is evidenced by the global acknowledgement of the AFP World Ranking, and most recently the inclusion of Halfpipe and Slopestyle skiing in the 2014 Olympics.

For more information about the AFP, the World Tour and the World Ranking, please visit www.afpworldtour.com.

2013-14 FIS Freestyle NorAm Cup
2013-14 FIS Freestyle NorAm Cup is a competitive series of events, primarily designed to provide opportunity for United States and Canadian Athletes in Freestyle Skiing to gain pre-world cup experience. As a region of the FIS International Continental Cup worldwide series of events, the NORAM CUP is part of the path to the World Cup, World Ski Championships and Olympic Winter Games for all Freestyle Skiing athletes. This seasons NORAM CUP will host 33 Events in 14 Locations for both Male and Female athletes in the Olympic Freestyle Skiing disciplines of ski cross, moguls, halfpipe, slopestyle and aerials with total prize purse of over $75,000 to be awarded.

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 Swatch Freeride World Tour by The North Face, 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 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 www.mtsports.com.