SUBARU FREESKIING WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
Snowbird To Host FWT Championships For First Time
Words and photos: MSI
After hosting the U.S. Freeskiing Nationals for the past 12 years, Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort will present the Subaru Freeskiing World Championships, March 16-21, 2010
Check out live blog coverage & top runs on Friday; LIVE webcast of the finals on Saturday atwww.freeskiingworldtour.com
Salt Lake City, Utah- March 12, 2010—For the first time in the history of the Subaru Freeskiing World Tour (FWT), Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort, will host the final stop of the tour on the famed venues Silver Fox and North Baldy. An international field of the world’s best skiers will descend upon the Wasatch Mountains next week, March 16-21, to battle for overall World Tour points and for the Subaru Freeskiing World Championships title. Registration filled up in a matter of minutes, proving that the 13th Annual Subaru Freeskiing World Championships is one of the most coveted events in freeskiing.
"We're honored to be hosting some of the best big mountain skiers from around the world for the final stop of the Subaru Freeskiing World Tour," said Snowbird President Bob Bonar. "I'm confident that Snowbird's terrain and snow conditions will live up to the caliber that everyone expects from a World Championship venue."
With approximately 200 athletes competing, the reigning Subaru Freeskiing World tour leaders Griffin Post of Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and Jacqui Edgerly of Aspen, Colorado, will battle it out on Snowbird's extreme terrain. Also in attendance will be the 2010 Subaru FWT points leaders Angel Collinson of Snowbird, Arne Backstrom of Squaw Valley, and Aaron Schmidt of Fernie, B.C.
”I’m very excited to compete at the Subaru Freeskiing World Championships”, said current Subaru FWT leader Griffin Post. ”My goal is to win the tour more than the event. For sure I want and need to do well in the event, but to be the first guy to win the McConkey Cup is the ultimate aspiration.”
"To honor our good friend and legendary skier Shane McConkey—who founded this sport and the IFSA—the overall Subaru FWT champions will be awarded with the McConkey Cup”, said Mountain Sport International President Adam Comey. This sport was his dream and we intend to keep it thriving for years to come."
Located 29 miles from Salt Lake City International Airport, Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort is North America's most accessible year-round resort. Snowbird offers 15 restaurants and eateries, 2,500 acres of skiable terrain, North America's only skier tunnel and averages 500 inches of snow per year.
Subaru Freeskiing World Championships at Snowbird, Utah Mar 16-21, 2010·
Tuesday 16th ——— Registration
Wednesday 17th ——— FWT qualifier day 1
Thursday 18th ——— FWT qualifier day 2
Friday 19th——— FWT day 1
Saturday 20th ——— FWT day 2
Sunday 21st——— Weather day
Mountain Sport International will again be producing daily videos, photos and stories posted on www.freeskiingworldtour.com .
For a complete schedule of events, photos, videos, athlete profiles and more, please visitwww.freeskiingworldtour.com
For media registration, please go to www.freeskiingworldtour.com, click on the registration button and follow instructions. After creating an account you will be able to choose which event you want to attend.
The 2010 Subaru Freeskiing World Tour is supported by Subaru of America, The North Face, Powder Magazine, The Ski Channel, Siege Audio, Mountain Sports International, Sportsinsurance.com, Sierra Nevada Co., Gilt MAN, Ski La Parva, Revelstoke Mountain Resort, Telluride Ski Resort, Crested Butte Mountain Resort, Kirkwood Mountain Resort, and Snowbird Ski & Summer Resort.