SEVEN SPRINGS, Pa., – Freeskiing pioneer Kristi Leskinen is set to host the third annual “Homecoming” ski invitational, February 25-27, at her home resort of Seven Springs Mountain Resort in Pennsylvania. Professional female freeskiers will join Leskinen for a rail jam and slopestyle competition.
Created in 2009, Homecoming was cultivated to build awareness around the progressive riding of female athletes. The event is a three-day invitational for top skiers from around the world to join together for skiing, competing and bonding over fun activities.
Working closely with Leskinen and Seven Springs Mountain Resort, Snow Park Technologies (SPT) will build the course for the event. The course will be created specifically for the purpose of showcasing the athlete’s abilities and the sport.
“I am so proud that this is the third annual Homecoming Invitational. My dream was to create an event that gave female freeskiers a platform in which to showcase their skill, innovation and creativity. I am looking forward to supporting the progression of female freeskiing and hosting a fun-filled weekend that all of the girls enjoy participating in,” says Leskinen.
Seven Springs was selected as the event’s home because of its commitment to developing and growing its terrain parks, halfpipes and superpipe. Since its initial endeavor into terrain creation in 2004, the resort has created five terrain parks of varying difficulty and progression and more than 50 features in all. The resort’s hard work and dedication towards these efforts have been nationally recognized for two consecutive years including the 2010-2011 selection as the number one park and number one pipe on the East Coast.
Top female skiers like Grete Eliassen, Sarah Burke, Jen Hudak, Kaya Turski, Keri Herman, Meg Olenick, Anna Segal, Dania Assaly, Ashley Battersby, Devin Logan and Maude Raymond will join Leskinen at Seven Springs for the all-girls slopestyle event. The contest will be an opportunity for the girls to push themselves, progress the sport and raise awareness and interest in the sport among young girls and women.