Competition Season Starts in South America

Mountain Sports International (MSI) announces the first two stops of the 2011 Subaru Freeskiing World Tour (FWT) in El Colorado, Chile, and Las Lenas, Argentina.



Athlete and media registration for Las Leñas and El Colorado is live on www.freeskiingworldtour.com


Salt Lake City, UT, July 30, 2010- The Subaru Freeskiing World Tour is reaching new heights with not just one, but two tour stops in South America in August. Freeskiing’s elite and MSI will first head to El Colorado for The North Face Chilean Freeskiing Championships presented by Smirnoff, August 19-21, then to Las Lenas, Argentina, for the Argentinian Freeskiing Championships presented by The North Face, August 25-28. Each event boasts a $10,000 cash purse and overall World Tour points.


“Last year, in the first year back to South America in 10 years, we had huge crowds, overwhelming athlete attendance, and talented locals who dominated the podium,” said MSI Competition Director Bryan Barlow. “This year MSI looks to host two even bigger events in South America.”


With two meters of snowfall so far this year, conditions are shaping up to be ideal for the competitions in mid-August.


The venue at El Colorado is one of the most unique in all of freeskiing. “It’s the sickest terrain in El Colorado with spectator access like no other location in freeskiing – you can literally drive a car up to a viewing area at the bottom of the venue,” said MSI’s South American Partnership Manager Rodrigo Medina. “The terrain is much like the finals venue at Revelstoke, B.C., – big, steep, wide open and no trees. Perfect for fast, flowing skiing, and littered with cliff drops of every size.”


For stop #2 its off to Las Lenas, Argentina, where the original South America freeskiing competition took place 12 years ago.


“Las Lenas is a true fit for the tour,” said Barlow. “The mountains are truly unrivaled in the world, allowing athletes to showcase their progressive big mountain freeskiing skills that have accelerated the sport’s popularity and awareness to the mainstream around the world,” And Las Leas resort couldn’t be more excited to host the competition.


“We are very proud to be the ski resort of choice for Argentina’s first edition of the FWT,” said Las Leas marketing manager Sofa Fernndez Madero. “The natural characteristics of our mountain and the climate favors our position as a destination of excellence and real snow off-piste mecca in the region. We have everything ready to welcome the athletes participating in the event at our resort at the foot of the slopes. We believe it will be the biggest event of the season in Argentina and we hope you enjoy.”


This will truly be a memorable and exciting event to continue the kick off of the 2011 Subaru Freeskiing World Tour. For those unable to attend, make sure you check out the live webcast, daily videos, photos, and blogs at www.freeskiingworldtour.com


Now in its 13th year, the Subaru FWT is the largest and longest running competitive big mountain freeskiing tour in the history of the sport. The Subaru FWT features over $100,000 in prize money and an unprecedented six stops, including a Freeskiing World Tour Qualifier.


For a complete schedule of events and to register, please visit www.freeskiingworldtour.com.



***IMPORTANT EL COLORADO DETAILS***

www.elcolorado.cl


The North Face Chilean Freeskiing Championships

El Colorado, Chile

Athlete Schedule

August 19-22, 2010

8.19 Thursday Athlete Registration  
9:00am-5:00pm Athlete/Media Registration El Colorado/Main Office
9:00am-3:00pm Venue Inspection TBA
4:30pm-5:00pm Athlete Beacon Check Main office
5:00pm-5:30pm Athlete Meeting Main Office
7:00pm-9:00pm Smirnoff Welcome Party TBA
     
8.20 Friday TNF Chilean Championships Day 1  
9:00am-4:00pm Athlete/Media Room open El Colorado/Main Office
10:00am-4:00pm Day 1 Competition TBA
5:00pm-5:30pm Athlete Meeting Main Office
     
8.21 Saturday TNF Chilean Championships Finals  
9:00am-4:00pm Athlete/Media room open El Colorado/ Main Office
10:00am-4:00pm Finals Day Competition TBA
7:00pm-2:00am Awards and After Party TBA
     
8.22 Sunday Weather Day  

***IMPORTANT LAS LENAS DETAILS***

www.laslenas.com/english


Subaru Freeskiing World Tour

Las Lenas, Argentina

Athlete Schedule

August 25-28 2010

Wednesday, Aug 25 Athlete/Media Registration  
9:00am-4:00pm Athlete/Media Registration open The Dome
9:00am-4:00pm Venue Inspection open TBA
4:00pm-5:00pm Athlete Avalanche gear check The Dome
5:00pm-5:30pm Mandatory Athlete meeting The Dome
7:00pm-9:00pm Athlete welcome party TBA
   
 
 
Thursday, Aug 26 FWT LL Day 1  
9:00am-4:00pm Media Registration open The Dome
10:00am-3:00pm FWT LL Day 1 TBA
5:00pm-5:30pm Mandatory Athlete meeting The Dome
   
 
 
Friday, Aug 27 FWT LL Day 2 Finals  
9:00am-12:00pm Media Registration open The Dome
10:00am-3:00pm FWT LL Day 2 Finals TBA
4:00pm-5:00pm Awards Ceremony Aquario Hotel
9:00pm-3:00am FWT LL After party Urban Club
   
 
 
Saturday, Aug 28 Weather Day  

The Best Deal to Travel South America

MSI and LAN AIRLINES offer the best deal to travel South America, for the SUBARU FREESKIING WORLD TOUR in Chile and Argentina. All the athletes can fly LAN Airlines with great deals. For further information and to book your trip please contact: Daniel Freitas Dumonde Travel LAN CHILE Toll Free: 877-231-5583 or daniel@traveldm.com

**Registration for the remaining 2011 Subaru Freeskiing World Tour events will go live sometime this fall. Please check back for details.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, ATHLETES AND TEAM MANAGERS CAN CONTACT:

Nicole Greener

Athlete Communications & Registration Manager

Mountain Sports International

ngreener@mtsports.com

For a complete schedule of events and to register, please visit www.freeskiingworldtour.com

2011 Subaru Freeskiing World Tour Schedule of Events

August 17-21, 2010 – The North Face South American Freeskiing Championships, El Colorado, Chile

August 25-28, 2010 – Argentina Freeskiing Championships, Las Leñas, Argentina

January 2011 – The Canadian Freeskiing Championships, Revelstoke, Canada

February 2011 – Subaru Freeskiing World Tour Qualifier, Location TBA

February 2011 – Subaru US Freeskiing Championships, Crested Butte, CO, USA

March 2011 – Subaru North American Freeskiing Championships, Kirkwood, CA, USA

March 2011 – Subaru Freeskiing World Championships, Snowbird, UT, USA

Special thanks to our sponsors:

Subaru

The North Face

Standard Banc Personal

Powder Magazine

Special thanks to our resort partners:

El Colorado, Chile

Las Lenas, Argentina

Crested Butte Mountain Resort

Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort

Kirkwood Mountain Resort

Revelstoke Mountain Resort




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