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Thread Starter 
Originally this thread was just a list of the IFSA US & World Tour events, but with sooooo many big mountain competitions going on the world this season (there are two separate "world" tours, two different "feeder" tours into these world tours, and many many independent events), I figured it might be useful to create as comprehensive a list as possible of these events.

If I miss any (I'm sure I will) and as more events come online, post in this thread, and I'll update the master list here in this first post...

If I have the time, as results for these come online, perhaps I'll update this first post with links to the results and photos. We'll see....


Important Links/Resources:

www.freerideworldtour.com
www.freeskiers.org
www.usfreeskiing.com
www.xtremeverbier.com
www.befsa.com


January, 2008
January 9th - 13th: Engadinsnow (Switzerland)
January 14th: Nissan Mammoth Open (top 5 men and top 2 women join the prequalified athletes in the FWQT Nissan Mammoth Quest) - www.freerideworldtour.com
January 15 - 17th: Nissan Mammoth Quest, Mammoth CA (FWQT) - (www.freerideworldtour.com)
January 16th - 20th: Canadian Open Freeskiing Championships, Red Mtn BC (Canadian Tour) (www.canadianopenfreeskiing.com)
January 22 - 26: Nissan Mammoth Challenge (FWT) - Mammoth, CA - (www.freerideworldtour.com)

February, 2008
January 31 - February 5th: Nissan Caucasus Challenge, Sochi Russia (FWT) - (www.freerideworldtour.com)
February 7th - 10th: Telluride Freeskiing Open (IFSA US Tour) - www.usfreeskiing.com
February 9th - 14th: Nissan Freeride Quest - Schruns/Montafon, Austria (FWQT) - www.freerideworldtour.com
February 14th - 17th: Squaw Valley Freeskiing Open (IFSA US Tour) - www.usfreeskiing.com
February 19th - 23rd: Subaru US Extreme Freeskiing Championships, Crested Butte, CO (World Tour #1) - www.usfreeskiing.com
February 23rd: Bridger Gully Freeride, Bridger Bowl Montana (independent event)
February 20th - 24th: Fernie Freeskiing Comp, Fernie BC (Canadian Tour)
February 24th - March 2nd: Swatch O'Neil Big Mountain Pro, Alps (FWT) - www.bigmountainpro.com & - www.freerideworldtour.com
February 24th - March 2nd: Nissan Arctix Challenge, Tamok, Finland (FWQT) - www.freerideworldtour.com
February 29th - March 2nd: Colorado Freeride Series, Snowmass CO (independent event)

March, 2008
March 6th - 8th: Salomon New Mexico Extreme Freeride Championship, Taos NM (independent comp)
March 9th: Kirkwood Cup, All Mountain Freeride Competition, Kirkwood, CA - http://www.kirkwood.com/winter/kirkwoodcup.php
March 9th - 12th: Nissan Freeride de Tignes, Tignes France (FWT) - www.freerideworldtour.com
March 12th - 16th: Lake Louise Freeskiing Comp, Lake Louise Alberta (Canadian Tour)
March 13th - 16th: Jackson Hole Freeskiing Open (IFSA US Tour) - www.usfreeskiing.com
March 14th - 23rd: Nissan O'neil Xtreme Verbier, CH (FWT) - www.xtremeverbier.com
March 18th - 23rd: US Freeskiing Nationals, Snowbird UT (IFSA US & World Tour) - www.usfreeskiing.com
March 19th - 23rd: Silver King Freeride, Crystal Mtn WA (independent event)
March 20th - 22nd: 12 Annual US Extreme Telemark Freeskiing Championships, Crested Butte, CO (hippy tour )
March 29th - 30th: Nendaz Freeride (Switzerland)

April, 2008
April 2nd - 6th: Lofoten Freeride (Norway)
April 10th - 13th: Hemsedal Freeride (Norway)
April 9th - 13th: Alyeska Alaska (IFSA US and World Tour FINALS) - www.usfreeskiing.com

May, 2008
May 1st - 4th: Roldal Freeride (Norway)
May 12th - 14th: Scandanavian Big Mountain Championships, Rikksgransen (Sweden) - www.bigmountain.se

Dates Unknown:
Subaru European Freeskiing Championships, Davos, Switzerland, Date TBD (it is listed on www.freeskiers.org)

2008 Junior Events ages 12-17
*Kimberly Jr. Comp. Jan 4-6th, 2008
*Red Mt Jr. Comp. Jan 11-13th, 2008
*Stevens Pass, WA. Feb 2-3, 2008
*Fernie Jr. Comp. Feb 2-3, 2008
*Lake Louise Jr. Comp. Mar 8-9, 2008
*Crystal Mt. Jr Challenge Mar 7-9, 2008

Post 'em if you got 'em!!!
post #2 of 18
You riding at Squaw?
post #3 of 18
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by volantaddict View Post
You riding at Squaw?
yes. Planning on competing at Squaw and Kirkwood and am going to try and get into the Jan 14. Nissan Mammoth Open to try to earn the right to compete in the Nissan Mammoth Challenge (the top 5 make it in to a pre-qualified field). Wish I could do more, but would be hard w/o playing hooky from work
post #4 of 18
I am always blown away by you guys huckin' meat without hesitation off of such huge airs. I'm finding my passion for skiing a bit late in life to become that sort of skier, but it really is inspiring to see what some are capable of. :
post #5 of 18
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Originally Posted by volantaddict View Post
I am always blown away by you guys huckin' meat without hesitation off of such huge airs. I'm finding my passion for skiing a bit late in life to become that sort of skier, but it really is inspiring to see what some are capable of. :
ha..thanks. However, hucking w/o hesitation is something I still really struggle with myself. If you happened to see my Kirkwood Finals run (I think the video was posted somewhere here in the past), I hesitated BIG TIME (as in came to a complete stop and stared at it ) on 2 of my 3 airs. I can blame getting lost off the top and being on a different pair of skis (due to breaking my other pair earlier in the day), but I still should have flowed into them. It's a head game that I may never fully master, but I guess that's what keeps this really fun, interesting, and challenging.

As you say though, the top guys are really REALLY good in this regard, and well, that is why they are at the top!
post #6 of 18
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Originally Posted by Tyrone Shoelaces View Post
ha..thanks. However, hucking w/o hesitation is something I still really struggle with myself. If you happened to see my Kirkwood Finals run (I think the video was posted somewhere here in the past), I hesitated BIG TIME (as in came to a complete stop and stared at it ) on 2 of my 3 airs. I can blame getting lost off the top and being on a different pair of skis (due to breaking my other pair earlier in the day), but I still should have flowed into them. It's a head game that I may never fully master, but I guess that's what keeps this really fun, interesting, and challenging.

As you say though, the top guys are really REALLY good in this regard, and well, that is why they are at the top!
Yeah it is a head game, turning off that switch in your head that tells you "don't do that, it's dangerous". When I was 19 or so , I used to seek as much air as I could get, but there were no cliffs where I skied. I didn't ski too much after that until I was nearly 40, so it probably saved me. I do fine on steeps, but throwing myself into the abyss is a place my mind has strong imprints to avoid. Plus I really think the level of conditioning that it takes to land airs like those, requires a dedication (offseason) that I don't have.
post #7 of 18
Thread Starter 
bump for major update to this thread (the first post)
post #8 of 18
How did the World Heli Challenge '07 turn out? I'll check out the site myself, but wanted to know if anyone here competed in that or has any input.

don't forget the NZ events, ty. The sickest 3 weeks of my life were competing in NZ.

I can't believe how much I miss these comps. Maybe someday I'll compete again... for old times' sake.
post #9 of 18
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by samurai View Post

I can't believe how much I miss these comps. Maybe someday I'll compete again... for old times' sake.
Registration for the KW comp opens on Nov. 13th
post #10 of 18
My participation in the KW comps this year will be to really step up with some beer and bbq in the observer pen.

But I love watching you guys who can thrown it down in the cirque.
post #11 of 18
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Originally Posted by Tyrone Shoelaces View Post
Registration for the KW comp opens on Nov. 13th
I live in Japan, dude. Someday when I'm not bound by borders, I'll come play again. I am actually in the midst of creating a borderless livlihood. but it takes time.

Until then, keep the vids coming and the stoke alive. I love seeing people flail on lines that I invented.

some recent helmet cam footage has had me dropping my jaw at the memories. Some praxis kid.

"dude, that's totally my line! : I can't believe I just saw that! Why the F*** didn't he air out right there?! You F*cker! You f*cking ruined it!"

that's me yelling at the dude on my laptop. You know... the spectator saying; "I totally would have done that differently... dumbass."

I love it, Ty. And I would love to see a compilation of footage in this thread in the future. Keep me : please.

There are people around the world who continually seek out footage during their lunch break. But the best footage is from these events. (specifically the helmet cams from the wood)
post #12 of 18
snowbird for sure.

Maybe the colorado series would be good as me the "rookie"
post #13 of 18
Thread Starter 

Update

The new Freeride World Tour (FWT) organizer, Nicolas Hale-Woods, has a video on the homepage of www.xtremeverbier (can't embed vid directly yet I think) describing how the FWT athletes were selected, how a champion is crowned, and how the Qualifying Tour (FWQT) athletes can move up to the FWT.

Sounds very well organized. Should be fun to watch!!! Check the vid out at www.xtremeverbier.com
post #14 of 18
It sure would be great if one of the HD channels like RUSH would get interested in carrying these events. The skiing is exciting, and seems like it would lend itself to the television media very well.
post #15 of 18
VA said: "I'm finding my passion for skiing a bit late in life to become that sort of skier, but it really is inspiring to see what some are capable of."

Word to that!

I totally hear you on that front.

The thing I totally dig is that Tyrone is totally down to earth. For me, and I hate to admit this, the immediate gut reaction is to think that somebody hucking ER air would be a little full of themselves (and based on some athletes attitudes it's not that far fetched). Ty is totally mellow and nice. To bust a cliche he's just "a regular Joe," which is totally cool.

damn, could i have used "totally" any more in that previous graph?

Unfortunately I missed Ty's runs at KW last season, but I got to hang out with him in the pen for a few moments. And I've gotten to fondle his DP skis!

Cirque, you better bring on the grill-o-matic steeze this year!
post #16 of 18
Bump!!!!
post #17 of 18
BUMP FOR UPDATES

crested butte is now 2/21-24 and an IFSA world stop.

registration is 1/23 at 6am



anyone know when registration for aspen is? i cannot find anything on aspen/snowmass and MSI's schedules for it.
post #18 of 18
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the bump Marsh. i'll edit the first post in this thread to reflect the most current info. Sorry but don't have any reg info for the Aspen/Snowmass event for ya.


another update:
Check out www.freerideworldtour.com for information on the new Freeride World Tour series (first competitions are in Mammoth starting 1/14).
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