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2009 Freeride World Tour

post #1 of 15
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Dates & locations announced for 2009 Freeride World Tour.

Looks like the US stop has been moved from Mammoth to Squaw Valley --> "Nissan Tram Face Squaw Valley"

TRAM FACE!!!!!




more info coming soon:
www.freerideworldtour.com
post #2 of 15
Hope they have lots of snow. Should be insane::
post #3 of 15
Really interesting photo there Tyrone. You can see the shadow of the trees covering 1/3 of the face from the spotlight mounted in the village.

Is Kirkwood returning to the tour?
post #4 of 15
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Is Kirkwood returning to the tour?
Kirkwood is rumored to be returning to the IFSA tour this year.

Just for clarification...there are two seperate tours. There is the Freeride World Tour (found here at www.freerideworldtour.com) put on by Nicolas Hale-Woods. This is the tour that the Squaw Tram Face venue will be a part of. This is mainly a Euro-centric tour with Squaw being the lone North American stop (last year it was a Mammoth stop). There might be some smaller qualification stops as well...we'll have to see.

There there is the IFSA tour which can be found here: www.usfreeskiing.com

These two tours operate independently and both offer to crown a "World Champion".

The tour that Kirkwood is rumored to be a part of this year is the IFSA tour. We'll see though...last year it was a go and then got pulled last minute. Keeping my fingers crossed!
post #5 of 15
how do you begin to compete in these ccompetitions
post #6 of 15
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how do you begin to compete in these ccompetitions
Could you clarify your question a bit more?

Is your question as simple as, how do I sign up for these things?

Or more along the lines of, what skills do I need and where do I need be as a skier to compete in these things?
post #7 of 15
That second reason is more important. I will be 17 this ski season and am expert, have been skiing my whole life. What can I do
post #8 of 15
Also, I am right by kirkwood if that hekps at all
post #9 of 15
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Also, I am right by kirkwood if that hekps at all
I ski at Kirkwood too.

There are actually lots of skiers at Kirkwood who ski in these comps. Two of them have been really successful. i.e. Josh Daiek won the overall IFSA North America title last season in only his second full season on the tour, and Craig Garbiel has been winning and placing well in these comps in North America and Europe for the past 5 years or so. Also another long-time Kirkwood skier, Zaq Rosenbloom, scored a 4th overall at the Jackson Hole comp last season just to name a few.

There is also a poster here who goes by the name Samurai who is an ex-Kirkwood skier and used to compete in the IFSA tour and did really well in them too.

So what I'm getting at is that you are lucky in that the terrain at Kirkwood lends itself well to practicing and honing 'big-mountain' type skills. Since you mention above that you are 'expert' I'm going to assume that you can ski nearly all the terrain at Kirkwood in most conditions....which is a great start.

However, transferring that skiing ability into the ability to ski lines that score well in competition can be a learning process. Understanding the scoring system and how line score affects the other judged categories (i.e. fluidity, technique, overall, etc.) is a major part of being able to compete in these things. And most people pick this up through experience.

The top guys in the world pick lines and make turns where typically no one thinks might even be possible. Example of this: Jesse Hall's first turn in this video:


The top guys in the world ski this terrain fluidly with no hesitation. They know their lines top to bottom and have the ability roll into blind jumps and drops with out stopping or slowing down. Example of this...Josh Daiek at Kirkwood:


And the guys who win these things are typically combining both of the above elements into one amazing run. Example of this...Craig Garbiels top scoring run at Kirkwood from a few years ago:


Kirkwood is supposedly hosting an IFSA tour stop again this year. If you really think you want to give this a try you can sign up for the qualifying event which is typically held on Lookout Vista (i.e. not too gnarly) before moving over to the Cirque. Regardless of how you do, it would be a great learning experience. Keep checking www.usfreeskiing.com as the dates for this season's tour should be announced soon.
post #10 of 15
Tram face? Madness!

You gonna compete at all this year Ron?
post #11 of 15
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Tram face? Madness!

You gonna compete at all this year Ron?
Probably just the Kirkwood event since it's local. Bu even that I'm 50/50 on...I took a gnarly fall at the Squaw comp last year that put a serious damper on my desire to do these things anymore. But it will be hard to stay away from an event on the home turf so to speak so we will see.
post #12 of 15
When is that one, I would definitely go check it out and learn what I can about the events.

The tram face comp is 2/27-3/5? I have to check that out.
post #13 of 15
Thank you very much for the info. It helped a lot. Am I allowed to compete at my age though, do you have to be 18? If I am elligable to compete, I think I will. Once again thanks for the help.
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Thank you very much for the info. It helped a lot. Am I allowed to compete at my age though, do you have to be 18? If I am elligable to compete, I think I will. Once again thanks for the help.
No problemo...these comps can be intimidating (honestly that is part of the rush of doing them), but they don't have to be. They're not so much a competition with the other skiers, but rather a competition with yourself to see what you're made of and to see how you can progress as a skier if this is a direction you want to go.

Regarding being 17, I'm pretty sure you can sign up for, but you'll just need a parent or guardian to co-sign the event waiver and liability release and what not. Not 100% sure though....

Keep checking www.usfreskiing.com as they should be announcing the dates of their comps soon along with instructions on how and when to sign up. It's usually just a competition to get into these things....i.e. they usually sell out very fast (24 - 48 hours for some events).
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Originally Posted by Tyrone Shoelaces View Post
Dates & locations announced for 2009 Freeride World Tour.

Looks like the US stop has been moved from Mammoth to Squaw Valley --> "Nissan Tram Face Squaw Valley"

TRAM FACE!!!!!


Hmmm......Tram Face huh, I hope they get the snow needed to open up a variety of lines (as long as we get ours ). That's a mad sick venue. I'm looking forward to the video.
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