SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH – The steep and technical slopes of El Colorado will host top freeride skiers from around the globe at The North Face Chilean Freeskiing Championship August 7-11, 2013. The event will serve as the only 4-star Freeride World Qualifier (FWQ) in Chile making it a crucial competition stop for athletes hoping to advance to the 2015 Freeride World Tour. An additional important FWQ is pending in Argentina as well.
Registration for the event is capped at 65 skiers and will open Monday, June 17, 2 p.m. MST on FreerideWorldTour.com.
“Freeride is very up and coming in Chile. The sport is a mixture of freedom, speed and exploration-both of the mountain and of your own boundaries,” said Tomás Philipps with The North Face South America. “Hosting an FWQ event at Santa Tere, the most prolific freeride zone in Chile, is not only a victory for all skiers, but also demonstrates the promising future for the sport itself.”
Salt Lake City based MSI will once again produce and manage the event in conjunction with The North Face South America and local production company Wetfly.
“This season promises to bring a whole new level of competition to the Andes with this stop being designated as one of the most important Freeride World Qualifiers,” said event director Bryan Barlow of MSI. “Athletes will gain critical FWQ points which will set the trajectory for the rest of their season.”
The Freeride World Qualifier point system (FWQ) has been developed as part of the SWATCH Freeride World Tour by The North Face (FWT). All FWT events are designated as 5-star events. FWQs range from 1 to 4-stars and enable athletes to earn a corresponding ratio of points based on their performance at competitions. Accumulated points immediately affect an athlete’s position on the FWT ranking system. At the end of the season (May 31, 2014) the top ranked athletes will qualify to participate on the 2015 FWT.
Wednesday, August 7, 2013: Athlete Registration and Welcome Party
Thursday, August 8, 2013: Inspection Day
Friday, August 9, 2013: Competition Day
Saturday, August 10, 2013: Finals and Farewell Party
August 11-12, 2013: Weather Days