Teens prepare to compete like the pros in The North Face 2011 Junior Freeskiing Tour

Posted By: The Ski Channel on November 26, 2010 9:22 pm

Mountain Sports International and The North Face are proud to announce the dates for the 3rd Annual The North Face Junior Freeskiing Tour, a platform to develop young professional big mountain athletes by providing opportunities for them to compete and show the direction big mountain skiing is heading.

“The North Face Junior Freeskiing Tour is helping to legitimize junior big mountain skiing and many current Freeskiing World Tour athletes get their start on the junior circuit,” said Adam Comey, president of Mountain Sports International. “Johnny Collinson and North Parker, who both placed in The North Face Chilean Freeskiing Championships in August, are clear examples of young athletes that move up into the bigger terrain that is the Freeskiing World Tour after competing in the Junior Freeskiing Tour.”

The North Face Junior Freeskiing Tour (JFT) will begin with the U.S. Extreme Freeskiing Junior Championships in CrestedButte, CO on February 15-17, 2011 and then head north with the U.S. Junior Freeskiing Nationals in Crystal Mountain, WA on March 4-6, 2011. The Grand Targhee Freeskiing Open, produced independent of the other four stops but included in the series, will take place in Grand Targhee, Wyoming on March 18-20, 2011. The tour then returns west for the North American JuniorFreeskiing Championships in Kirkwood, CA on March 25-27, 2011, concluding with the pinnacle of the tour, the Junior Freeskiing Championships in Snowbird, UT on April 8-10, 2011.

Each JFT event is sanctioned by the International Free Skiers Association (IFSA) creating consistent judging and accumulative points standings throughout the competitive season. Last year, the judging format changed to reward the freestyle aspect of the events. The JFT is open to men and women 12-17 with two age groups making up the competition field, 12-14 and 15-17. Athletes accumulate points for results between 1-15 places; the athlete with the most points at the end of the season wins the overall tour.

Athlete and media registration for Crested Butte, Crystal Mountain, Kirkwood and Snowbird opens on December 9, 2010 at 10 a.m. MST. To register for the Grand Targhee Freeskiing Open, please visit www.grandtarghee.com.