SALT LAKE CITY – The 15th Subaru Freeskiing World Tour will kick off with the Red Bull Powder Disorder in Las Leñas, Argentina August 9-12.
“It’s fitting that we’re celebrating the start of the 2012 Subaru Freeskiing World Tour in the center of the Andes, where it began 15 years ago,” competition director for the Subaru Freeskiing World Tour Bryan Barlow said. “Freeskiing has progressed so much since the tour began in 1998, and this progression will be evident when the world’s most talented freeskiers show up to compete on the biggest, most challenging venues in the southern hemisphere. Red Bull will be a great partner to help us kick off this season as they’re known for taking things to the next level.”
The Red Bull Powder Disorder, the first stop of the Subaru Freeskiing World Tour, is a two day, invite-only event which will feature the top-placing competitors from the 2011 Subaru Freeskiing World Tour as well as Red Bull invited athletes. The competition will be judged based on the FWT judging format which includes points awarded towards line, control, fluidity, technique and style.
“It’s really an honor for Valle de Las Lenas to host this international event for the third consecutive year,” marketing manager at Las Lenas Federico Norkus said. “The first stop of the Subaru Freeskiing World Tour, the Red Bull Powder Disorder, will undoubtedly set a standard for this type of competition in South America. Snow is already falling over our mountain, and we are eager to welcome the athletes!”
The Subaru Freeskiing World Tour is the largest and longest running competitive big mountain freeskiing tour in the history of the sport with six stops. The tour was founded in 1998 and created and produced by Mountain Sports International, Inc. In addition to up to $110,000 in winnings, the world tour champions are awarded the McConkey Cup, honoring skiing legend Shane McConkey, founder of the International Free Skiers Association. The FWT also features the Sickbird Award, which honors the athlete with the most spirit, style and wow-factor.