Burr Ridge, Ill. – The Gatorade Free Flow Tour today announced the complete schedule for the 2011 winter season. Returning for its second year, the Tour offers up-and-coming amateur freeskiers under 21 the chance to earn a pre-qualified spot in next season’s Winter Dew Tour (2011-12). Hosting a total of 18 contests at ten parks this winter, the Tour officially kicks off January 15 in Wrightwood, Calif. at Mountain High Resort. Registration for all events is now open at www.gatoradefreeflowtour.com.
“We’re looking forward to building upon the success of the Gatorade Free Flow Tour’s inaugural winter season, and to see the first crop of winter champions compete at the Winter Dew Tour this December,” said Gatorade action sports team manager, Carla Hess. “We’ve seen the momentum carry over from summer, and anticipate similar growth with our second year in the winter scene.”
The Gatorade Free Flow Tour will showcase the top amateur freeski athletes competing in slopestyle and superpipe, which will be open to both male and female competitors.
The 10-event schedule will include resorts in all areas of the United States – the East (3) and West Coasts (3), the Midwest (1), and the Rocky (2) and Wasatch Mountains (1). Open to all amateur freeskiers 21 and younger, registration for the Tour is available at www.gatoradefreeflowtour.com.
In addition to the main contests, each stop of the Gatorade Free Flow Tour will also include a Junior division, offering rail jam and superpipe contests for freeski competitors 13 and under. The Junior Jam will take place prior to each of the Gatorade Free Flow Tour’s Open Division competitions, giving young amateurs valuable contest experience.
Please note there are limited spots for all competitions, so register early. There is a $20 registration fee for one day of competition and a $30 registration fee for two days, which do not include lift tickets.
The complete 2011 Gatorade Free Flow Tour schedule* includes the following dates and locations:
All of the events include both slopestyle and superpipe competitions with the exception of Mountain High and Holiday Valley, where only slopestyle contests will be held.
Jan. 15 Mountain High Resort (Wrightwood, CA) — slope
Jan. 15-16 Vail Ski Resor (Vail, CO) — pipe, slope
Jan. 22-23 Tyrol Basin Ski and Snowboard Area (Mount Horeb, WI) — pipe, slope
Jan. 22-23 Okemo Mountain Resort (Ludlow, VT) — pipe, slope
Jan. 29-30 Mount Bachelor (Bend, OR) — pipe, slope
Jan. 29-30 Jackson Hole Mountain Resort (Teton Valley, WY) — pipe, slope
Jan. 29-30 Killington Resort (Killington, VT) — pipe, slope
Feb. 5 Sierra at Tahoe (Twin Bridges, CA) — pipe, slope
Feb. 5-6 Brighton Resort (Brighton, UT) — pipe, slope
Feb. 5-6 Holiday Valley (Ellicottville, NY) — slope
Feb. 12-13 Snowbasin Resort (Ogden, UT) — pipe, slope
The winners in each of the 18 contests (10 slopestyle and 8 superpipe) will be flown to the Gatorade Free Flow Tour Finals, taking place in conjunction with the Winter Dew Tour’s Toyota Championship, February 12-13 at Snowbasin Resort in Utah. Encompassing the “Flow to Pro” theme that is the cornerstone of the Gatorade Free Flow Tour, the overall freeski superpipe and slopestyle champions will earn a spot to compete against the pros at the first stop of the 2011-12 Winter Dew Tour the following season.
All competitions are open to both male and female amateur competitors 21 and younger for all freeski disciplines. There is a $20 entry fee, and all participants under the age of 18 must bring a parent or guardian to the event to sign a liability waiver. Contest registration forms, waivers and detailed information are available ahead of time at www.gatoradefreeflowtour.com.
Gatorade Free Flow Tour
The Gatorade Free Flow Tour, the official amateur series of the Winter Dew Tour, holds competitions at resorts across the country throughout the month of January, providing a platform for amateur freeskiers and snowboarders to showcase their skills. The winter leg of the Tour consists of 10 regional events across the U.S., featuring freeskiing (superpipe and slopestyle) and snowboarding (superpipe and slopestyle). The winners of each regional event earn a trip to compete in the Gatorade Free Flow Tour Finals held in conjunction with the Winter Dew Tour’s Toyota Championship, Feb. 10-13, 2011 at Snowbasin Resort in Utah, and the overall champions in the four disciplines automatically earn a spot to compete against the pros in the first stop of the 2011-12 Winter Dew Tour. Gatorade’s partnership with the Free Flow Tour began in 2009 and its presence and commitment to uplift amateur freeskiers and snowboarders and provide an extended platform to grow action sports enabled the creation of the winter season of the Gatorade Free Flow Tour. Fuel TV broadcasts select coverage of the Gatorade Free Flow Tour, and Allisports.com will be the home of all digital content and Tour information. More information can be found at www.gatoradefreeflowtour.com.
Alli, the Alliance of Action Sports
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