With pre-qualified athletes taking the day off to ski some of the 40 inches of snow that Taos has received over the past three days, a competitive field battled it out in an attempt to make the cut on Day One of the 2010 Salomon Extreme Freeride Championships. Approximately half the field impressed the judges enough to score valuable points, given then the opportunity to advance to the “money round” of the event. Today, athletes will ratchet up the intensity on a larger venue, as they attempt to advance to the finals on 12,481 foot Kachina Peak.
“Today is when things start to get really serious,” says Taos’ Alejandro Blake. “The top athletes all had byes yesterday, and the athletes who made the cut out of the qualifying round get to start with a clean slate. It’s game on.”
“We expect to see some amazing skiing on day two,” adds Chief of Race Tom Winter. “The venue is larger, with more terrain and bigger cliffs, features that allow for creative skiing and riding, and we know that the athletes will push the limits.”
Featuring a $12,000 purse, the 2010 Solomon Extreme Freeride Championships is a Freeride World Qualifier (FWQ) event, allowing athletes to gain entry to the Freeride World Tour’s four showcase events: The Nissan Russian Adventure (Sochi, Russia), Nissan Tram Face (Squaw Valley, USA), Nissan Freeride de Chamonix (Chamonix, France) and Nissan Xtreme (Verbier, Switzerland). Taos also joins an elite group of venues, from Italy and Norway to Austria and Slovakia as a FWQ venue.
For more information on 2010 Salomon Extreme Freeride Championships at Taos, to make reservations or to see results from past competitions, please visit http://www.skitaos.org/freeride/. To learn more about the Freeride World Tour, check out http://freerideworldtour.com/en/.