It is official...Crested Butte has replaced Kirkwood this year as a tour stop. Here is the press release:FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEMOUNTAIN SPORTS INTERNATIONAL EXPANDS 2008 SUBARU U.S. FREESKIING SERIES WITH EVENTS AT ALYESKA, ALASKA, AND CRESTED BUTTE, COLORADOOfficial 2008 Subaru U.S. Freeskiing Series and Freeskiing World Tour competition schedules announcedSalt Lake City UT, December 27, 2007—
Blazing into its third year, the Subaru U.S. Freeskiing Series (USFS) and Freeskiing World Tour (FWT) have become the largest cohesive competitive Big Mountain Freeskiing tours in the history of the sport, with the Subaru USFS featuring an unprecedented six stops. With two new locations added to the already impressive roll-call of resorts, both tours culminate at the ultimate big mountain competition venue of Alyeska Resort, Alaska, in April.
With registration for the Subaru USFS once again selling out in mere hours (Crested Butte registration to open in early January), anticipation mounts as sponsors, athletes, media and fans look forward to the 2008 calendar.
"The 2008 tour schedule is the most impressive I've ever seen," said veteran athlete and tour champion Drew Tabke, "I'm really happy to be going back to Squaw Valley, and I’m thrilled that MSI has lined up the Alyeska, Alaska, finals. That really tops it off. This is going to be a huge year for the sport of competitive Freeskiing!"
The Subaru USFS continues to bring fierce competition to the best Big Mountain Freeskiing resorts in North America. The 2008 season will include the Subaru U.S. Extreme Freeskiing Championships at Crested Butte, CO. A longstanding and well-known event, this will be the official stop on both the Subaru USFS as well as the FWT. Eric “H” Baumm, CBMR On-Mountain Events Director, is thrilled to join forces with MSI for a stop on the tour: "We are so excited to be a part of the U.S. Series and the World Tour. Crested Butte will be a great place to showcase this event and the athletes that make these competitions so unique." The USFS, which is owned and operated by sports marketing and promotions company Mountain Sports International (MSI) and sanctioned by the International Freeskiers Association (IFSA), now boasts a bigger prize purse than ever before at over $100,000 cash.
Continuing to support the USFS is title sponsor Subaru of America. "Subaru has a long history of supporting organizations and events that resonate with our customers, like the 2008 Subaru U.S. Freeskiing Series and Freeskiing World Tour competitions," said Tim Mahoney, Senior Vice President and CMO of Subaru of America, Inc. "The expansion of the Freeskiing Series this year is a big compliment to the outstanding job that Mountain Sports International does in producing the tour."
Behind the scenes, the staff at MSI is looking forward to the best year yet. "We are so excited about the 2008 Subaru USFS," said MSI Winter Sports Director, Dak Williams. "MSI has worked very hard to establish the new stop at Alyeska Resort in Girdwood, Alaska, the location for the 2008 World Championships in April. After receiving extremely positive feedback from the 2007 Tour, we will also see more support from our additional world class resort partners." Williams also extended his enthusiasm to the spectators: "We would like to invite everyone to come out and watch the best of the best in big mountain freeskiing battle for the title of USFS Champion and FWT Champion."
The newly redesigned USfreeskiing.com
website will go live in a matter of weeks. New features include a "Community" section similar in format to myspace.com
, where athletes will be able to create personal profile pages, as well as post photos and videos. Also look forward to completely new navigation and site design, making it fun and simple to access the world's best Freeskiing videos, photos, and stories.
Stay tuned as the 2008 Subaru U.S. Freeskiing and Freeskiing World Tour unfold. It’s stacked up to be the best season yet!2008 SUBARU U.S. Freeskiing Series & Freeskiing World Tour SCHEDULEStop 1:
Subaru Telluride Freeskiing Open, Telluride CO, February 7-10Stop 2:
Subaru Squaw Valley Freeskiing Open, Squaw Valley, CA, February 14-17Stop 3:
Subaru U.S. Extreme Freeskiing Championships, Crested Butte, CO, February 19-23 (World Tour #1)Stop 4:
Subaru Jackson Hole Freeskiing Open, Jackson Hole, WY, March 13-16Stop 5:
Subaru U.S. Freeskiing Nationals, Snowbird, UT, March 18-23 (World Tour #2)Stop 6:
Subaru Freeskiing World Championships and Subaru U.S. Freeskiing Series Finals, Alyeska, AK, April 9-13 (World Tour #3)