Junior Freeride World Championships April 4-7

Registration open for Subaru WinterFest

For Immediate Release

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SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH (March 17, 2014)- The Junior Freeride Tour (JFT) is happy to announce registration for the Junior Freeride World Championship at the Subaru WinterFest in Big Sky, MT, will open March 20 at 10 a.m. MST. The event will include junior big mountain skiers and snowboarders ages 12-14 and 15-17 from both the Americas and European regions. Registration fees are $100 per athlete. The event also grants 2-star Freeride World Qualifier (FWQ) point to participants. The 15 to 17-year-old age category competition will be webcast live on Sunday, April 6 on SubaruFreerideSeries.com.

“I’m exceptionally excited for Big Sky this season given the incredible growth of Junior participation in the sport around the world,” said Bryan Barlow Freeride World Tour Americas Event Director. “Big Sky has been having a phenomenal season. Conditions are shaping up for an incredible competition experience for athletes and spectators alike.”

The Junior Freeride Tour competition will take place as part of the Subaru WinterFest, April 4-7, 2014 at Big Sky Resort, MT. The Subaru WinterFest will include weekend activities focused on educating snow enthusiasts of all abilities about the sport and evolution of freeride through unique exhibits. The Subaru Freeride Series adult ski and snowboard competitions will also be taking place as part of the event April 3-6.

Event Schedule
April 2: 2-star Adult Athlete Check-in
April 3: 2-star Adult Competition & 4-star Adult Athlete Check-in
April 4: 4-star Adult Competition day 1 & JFT Athlete Check-in
April 5: 4-star Finals Live Webcast & JFT Competition Day 1
– Subaru WinterFest
April 6: JFT Finals Live Webcast
– Subaru WinterFest
April 7: 4-Star and JFT Weather Day

The Junior Freeride World Championship will provide athletes the opportunity to compete against the best junior riders from around the world and earn valuable Freeride World Qualifier points. In addition to podium awards, the top Americas (Region 2) riders will be announced.

Subaru Freeride Series and Junior Freeride Tour 2014 partners include: Subaru of America, The North Face, Clif Bar, PrimaLoft and Backcountry.com. In addition, to these sponsors, POWDER and Snowboard magazine are the official media partners of the 2014 Subaru Freeride Series.

For athlete information visit the Junior Freeride Tour page on Facebook (www.facebook.com/jrfreeskiingtour), follow the Junior Freeride Tour on Twitter at @FreerideSeriesor contact Andrea Logan, MSI athlete relations manager, at alogan@mtsports.com or (207) 475-6419.

For media or general information contact Jessica Kunzer, MSI marketing and communications director, at jkunzer@mtsports.com or (801) 349-4612.


Big Sky Resort
Big Sky, Montana. Surrounded by the Gallatin National Forest, Big Sky offers the best in outdoor recreation year round. The Big Sky ski area spreads over three mountains, with a vertical drop of 4,350 feet. Encompassing 5,750 skiable acres and 250 named runs, Big Sky is, quite literally, the Biggest Skiing in America. In addition, Lone Mountain Ranch offers 85 km of award winning Nordic ski trails and Big Sky’s annual 400+ inches of snow make snowmobiling and snowshoeing some of the best in the state. For additional information visit www.bigskyresort.com

Subaru of America, Inc.
Subaru of America, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. of Japan. Headquartered in Cherry Hill, N.J., the company markets and distributes Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive vehicles, parts and accessories through a network of more than 600 dealers 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 www.subaru.com.

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.

Clif Bar & Company
Clif Bar & Company is a leading maker of nutritious and organic foods and drinks, including CLIF® Bar energy bar, LUNA®, The Whole Nutrition Bar for Women®; and CLIF Kid®, Nourishing Kids in Motion®. Focused on sports nutrition and snacks for adventure, the family and employee-owned company is committed to sustaining its people, brands, business, community and planet. For more information on Clif Bar & Company, please visit www.clifbar.com, check out our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/clifbar and follow us on Twitter at: www.twitter.com/clifbar.

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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.