U.S. Extreme Freeskiing Championships

January 21, 2008 by  
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The 17th annual U.S. Extreme Freeskiing Championships is set to take place from 19 to 23 February 2008 at Crested Butte Mountain Resort in Colorado. Crested Butte Mountain Resort was the first in the U.S. to host an extreme snow skiing contest, and seventeen years later the competition has become an established and popular event in the U.S. snow skiing calendar.

Crested Butte Mountain Resort is the perfect venue for the U.S. Extreme Freeskiing Championships which draws some of the top big mountain freeskiing enthusiasts from across the world for the adrenaline-charged action offered by the resort’s wildest terrain. Snow skiing routes have interesting, and sometimes descriptive, names such as “Snaggletooth Glades”, “The Hourglass”, “Catch and Release” and “Bed, Bath and Beyond” possibly giving some idea of what skiers are up against.

The adventure begins with arrival and booking in on Tuesday 19 February, followed by the Junior Big Mountain Qualifying Day on Wednesday 20 February. Thursday’s program includes the Adult Big Mountain Qualifier and Day One of the Junior competition. Friday 22 February is filled with excitement as Day One of the Adult Big Mountain Competition gets under way and the Junior finals take place. The last day of the competition on Saturday 23 February features the Adult Big Mountain Competition Finals, followed by the much anticipated Awards Party.

The U.S. Extreme Freeskiing Championships is open to skiers over the age of 18 years, with a junior competition planned for ages 14-17 years. The competition organizers are only accepting on-line registrations and have made the Liability Waiver and Model Release forms available on-line so that competitors can complete them prior to the event. Unaccompanied minors will not be allowed to compete without the necessary paperwork.

Spectators add to the excitement of a competitive event and are always welcome. Venues for the U.S. Extreme Freeskiing Championships are accessible to intermediate (blue-level) skiers as well as snowboarders, although a short hike may be required. To take advantage of the best snow conditions, competition locations are announced the day before the event. The location and directions to the venues will be prominently displayed at the lifts.

It is generally agreed that the U.S. Extreme Freeskiing Championships remains one of the best freeskiing competitions around and is an event where reputations and legends are made. As the time for the U.S. Extreme Freeskiing Championships at Crested Butte Mountain Resort draws near, so the level of anticipation increases – among competitors and spectators alike.