2012 Subaru Freeskiing World Tour Kicks Off Its North American Stops and Introduces a Pre-Qualified List for Qualifier Days

Salt Lake City, UT – December 1, 2011 –
Following two stops in South America that set the pace for the 15th year of the big mountain freeskiing tour, the 2012 Subaru Freeskiing World Tour kicks off its North American stops beginning January 4-9 with the Canadian Freeskiing Championships in Revelstoke, BC; the US Extreme Freeskiing Championships in Crested Butte, CO on February 8-12; the North American Freeskiing Championships in Kirkwood, CA on February 22-27; and culminating with the Subaru Freeskiing World Championships in Snowbird, UT on March 14-19, 2012.

“Last year we took a huge step in the progression of the Subaru Freeskiing World Tour when we introduced the style/creativity category which has opened the door to a new generation of skiers who are incorporating new school tricks into fluid, solid skiing on big mountain terrain, and has encouraged the tour mainstays to get more creative," said Bryan Barlow, event director for the Subaru Freeskiing World Tour. "As our events fill up faster each year, we've decided to introduce a pre-qualified list for the qualifier days.  This will allow our returning athletes a chance to register first, and a number of 'open' spots will be available on a first come, first serve basis."

Heading into the third stop of the season, Guerlain Chicherit (FRA), who returned to the circuit after several years of absence, is in the lead for the men with 142 points, followed by Kirkwood's Josh Daiek with 126 points and Mad River Glen's Lars Chickering-Ayers with 114 points.  For the ladies, Crystal Wright of Jackson, WY is in first with 171 points, followed closely by Snowbird's Angel Collinson with 168 points and Sole Diaz (CHE) in third with 125.

Athlete registration for Revelstoke will open December 7, 2011 at 10 a.m. MST; registration for all other stops will open December 15 at 10 a.m. MST at <> .

Canadian Freeskiing Championships, Revelstoke, BC, January 4-9, 2012
US Extreme Freeskiing Championships, Crested Butte, CO, February 8-12, 2012
North American Freeskiing Championships, Kirkwood, CA, February 22-27, 2012
Subaru Freeskiing World Championships, Snowbird, UT, March 14-19, 2012
Additional Freeskiing World Tour Qualifiers will be announced in the coming weeks.

About Subaru Freeskiing World Tour (FWT)
The Subaru Freeskiing World Tour is the largest and longest running competitive big mountain freeskiing tour in the history of the sport with an unprecedented six stops.  Founded in 1998, the FWT, created and produced by Mountain Sports International, Inc., is heading into its 15th year with alumni including Shane McConkey, Brant Moles, Kent Kreitler, Chris Davenport, Seth Morrison, Dean Cummings, Dave Swanwick, Wendy Fisher, Ingrid Backstrom, Dana Flahr, Kaj Zackrison, Karina Hollekim, Marja Persson, Julien Lopez, Chopo Diaz, Griffin Post, Drew Stoecklein, Crystal Wright and Hannah Whitney.  In addition to up to $110,000 in winnings, the world tour champions are awarded the McConkey Cup, honoring legendary skier Shane McConkey, founder of the IFSA.  The FWT also features the coveted <>  Sickbird Award, which honors the athlete with the most spirit, style and wow-factor. The 2012 Subaru Freeskiing World Tour is supported by Subaru of America, The North Face, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., Black Diamond Equipment, Clif Bar, Replay XD, Powder Magazine, Mountain Sports International, Comcast Sportsnet, <> , Las Lenas, Ski Arpa, Revelstoke Mountain Resort, Crested Butte Mountain Resort, Kirkwood Mountain Resort and Snowbird Ski & Summer Resort. The Canadian Freeskiing Championships are sponsored by Recon Instruments. For more information, visit <> , <> , or follow us on Twitter at @FreeskiingWT.

About 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.  Subaru makes the best-selling All-Wheel Drive car sold in America based on R.L. Polk & Co. new vehicle retail registration statistics.  For more information, visit <> .

About Mountain Sports International
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 owns and produces the Freeskiing World Tour, in addition to several other properties and concepts. MSI provides event management services for The North Face, Burton, Salomon, and Red Bull.  MSI specializes in matching clients with events for brand penetration into target demographics, developing product identification and loyalty.  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 <> .