Subaru Freeride Series Stop #1 Crested Butte, CO
2 star and 4 star event
February 12-16, 2014
Premier Level Freeriders Meet in Crested Butte, Colo.
Subaru Freeride Series First Stop: Crested Butte, Co February 12-16, 2014
SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH (Feb. 5, 2014)- The first of four Subaru Freeride Series (SFS) big mountain freeride competition stops will kick off February 12-16 in Crested Butte, Colo. For the first time, competitions will include adult snowboarding in addition to traditional freeride skiing events. Junior Freeride Tour competitions for athletes age 12-18 will also take place at the SFS stops. The resort received more than 30 inches of new snow Jan. 30-Feb. 1 creating excellent conditions. More snow in the forecast is sure to please both competitors and spectators alike.
The Subaru Freeride Series is North America’s premier level Freeride World Qualifier (FWQ) providing four competition stops for freeride skiers and snowboarders. The first stop at Crested Butte Mountain Resort will feature a 2-star and a 4-star Freeride World Qualifier competition. The 4-star finals on Sat. Feb. 15 will be webcast live on subarufreerideseries.com.
Each Subaru Freeride Series event will take place as part of the Subaru Winter Fest, a weekend event focused on educating snow enthusiasts of all abilities about the sport and evolution of freeride through unique exhibits and activities. Entertainment also includes a special performance of DJ Logic and Late Night Radio 7PM on Feb. 15 at The Lodge at Mountain Square. Tickets are $10 at the door.
“Crested Butte is one of the founding mountains that encouraged the sport of freeskiing,” said Bryan Barlow Subaru Freeride Series event director. “As the demand and visibility of this sport continues to grow we feel it is important for spectators to embrace the history of freeride, and also have an opportunity to improve their personal skills through educational clinics and demos.”
The series will provide athletes the opportunity to earn valuable Freeride World Qualifier points in pursuit of advancing to the 2015 Freeride World Tour. In addition to podium awards, one skier and snowboarder at each event will be selected as the recipients of the Backcountry.com Sick Bird award. This award is highly coveted by the big mountain freeride community and is granted to riders who challenge not only themselves but also the sport through their athletic performance.
Subaru Freeride Series Season Schedule
|Date||Location||Disciplines||FWQ Rank||Junior Dates|
|Feb. 12-16, 2014||Crested Butte, CO||Adult Ski/Snowboard and Junior Ski/Snowboard||• 2-star and 4-star adult• 2-star JFT||Feb. 15-16, 2014|
|Feb. 19-23, 2014||Squaw/Alpine Meadows, CA|
|March 20-23, 2014||Telluride, CO||Adult Ski/Snowboard and Junior Ski/Snowboard||• 4-star adult• 2-star JFT||March 22-23, 2014|
|April 2-7, 2014||Big Sky, MT||Adult Ski/Snowboard and Junior Ski/Snowboard||•2-star and 4-star adult• 3-star JFT||Junior Freeride World Championships April 4-7, 2014|
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Registration for adults competing on the Subaru Freeride Series will open Nov. 26, 2013 at 11AM MST at SubaruFreerideSeries.com. Registration for Junior Freeride Tour athletes will open Nov. 14, 2013 at 7PM MST on JuniorFreerideTour.com. Riders will be able to create a profile and sign-up for the Subaru Freeride Series events of their choice through the Freeride World Qualifier registration system.
For athlete information visit FWQ Americas on Facebook, follow the Subaru Freeride Series on Twitter at twitter.com/FreerideSeries, or contact Julia Jimmerson, MSI athlete relations manager, at email@example.com or (207) 475-6419.
For media or general information contact Jessica Kunzer, MSI marketing and communications director, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (801) 349-4612.
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.
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.
Mountain Sports International, Inc. | Athlete Relations
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Nestled in the heart of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains, Crested Butte is committed to preserving the pristine landscape and mountain lifestyle. With vibrant Victorian store fronts and expressive local characters, the small historic town remains true to its heritage and radiates an unparalleled welcoming and inviting spirit that celebrates a simpler life and time. Thanks to a widely diverse landscape, outdoor enthusiasts of all levels will find a new challenge with each visit. From world-class mountain biking, to legendary skiing and snowboarding, to a secluded fly-fishing experience, Crested Butte is one of Colorado’s best-kept secrets. For more information about Crested Butte visit: www.skicb.com
Driving Directions: www.skicb.com/plan-your-trip/getting-here