New Snow, Sold Out Field Highlight 2010 Event
36 inches of new snow over three days, with more tonight whips venues into shape.
El Niño has delivered for the 2010 Salomon Extreme Freeride Championships at Taos. With more than 36 inches of snow over three days and more falling right now, the mountain is primed for New Mexico's largest and most prestigious event. Held from March 11 – 13, the 2010 Salomon Extreme Freeride Championships attracts athletes from around the globe including competitors from Austria, Japan and Slovenia. Currently the event is sold out, with no more athlete registrations being accepted.
"This is one of the most talented fields we've ever seen," says Taos' Alejandro Blake. "With athletes from across the globe as well as a slew of talented locals, the event will showcase the best in big-mountain skiing."
"The stakes are very high this year," adds Chief of Race Tom Winter. "Competitors who finish on the podium here earn valuable points to compete in the 2011 Freeride World Tour, at the biggest and best big-mountain events in the world."
Featuring a $12,000 purse, the 2010 Solomon Extreme Freeride Championships is a Freeride World Qualifier (FWQ) event, allowing athletes to gain entry to the Freeride World Tour's four showcase events: The Nissan Russian Adventure (Sochi, Russia), Nissan Tram Face (Squaw Valley, USA), Nissan Freeride de Chamonix (Chamonix, France) and Nissan Xtreme (Verbier, Switzerland). Taos also joins an elite group of venues, from
Italy and Norway to Austria and Slovakia as a FWQ venue.
For more information on 2010 Salomon Extreme Freeride Championships at Taos, to make reservations or to see results from past competitions, please visit skitaos.org. To learn more about the Freeride World Tour, check out freerideworldtour.com. And stay tuned to skitaos.org for special see and ski deals that will allow spectators to take advantage of discounted accommodations and skiing during the March 10 – 13 timeframe of the event.