Snowbird to Host 2012 Junior Freeskiing Championships

Posted By: The Ski Channel on April 5, 2012 5:24 pm

The fifth annual Junior Freeskiing World Tour Championships will be held this year at Snowbird Ski And Summer Resort. The final stop of this year’s tour is slated to kick of this Friday April 6th and continue through the 7th.

“We’re honored to host this event and showcase the up-and-coming talent of Utah’s big mountain skiers,” said Dave Fields, Snowbird’s Vice President of Resort Operations.

 Visitors to Snowbird this weekend can expect to witness competitors hucking themselves off cliffs and throwing down uber-legit runs down extremely challenging terrain. 

The goal of the Junior Freeskiing Championships is to provide young professional athletes with an outlet to develop their talents and help progress the sport of big mountain freeskiing. Like they always say — the children are our future! A number of the competitors will continue on to the Freeskiing World Tour. Notable alumni of the Junior Freeskiing tour include the likes of Johnny Collinson, Silas Chickering-Ayers and Leo Ahrens, all currently competing on the Freeskiing World Tour.

The International Free Skiers Association has sanctioned each event in the Junior Freeskiing Tour. The IFSA creates a consistent judging system used throughout the competitive season. The format continues last year’s change that shifted the focus to reward the freestyle aspect of the events. Each Junior Freeskiing Tour event is open to men and women, ages 12-18. Unlike the Hunger Games, these groups are separated into two divisions, 12-14 and 15-18 — got to keep it fair, right?

Day One of the competition will be held on Friday, April 6, on Silver Fox run. Girls will begin at 10 a.m., weather permitting. Finals will be held on Saturday on North Baldy beginning at 10 a.m., weather permitting.

Media are welcome to use the attached photo of 17-year-old Hannah May skiing in the Snowbird Regional Freeskiing Competition at Snowbird on February 25, 2012.

Photo: 17-year-old Hannah May skiing in the Snowbird Regional Freeskiing Competition at Snowbird on February 25, 2012 taken by Rick May.