The North Face Park and Pipe Open Series Continues to Grow
Athlete Registration Opens Thursday, November 8,
10 AM MST
LAKE CITY, UTAH (Oct. 29, 2012)– As the first traces of snow dust North
American mountain peaks, freeskiing athletes everywhere are revving up for
another exciting winter competition season. Falling in line with the
anticipation of a great winter, The North Face today announced venues for The
North Face Park and Pipe Open Series (PPOS), including Copper Mountain, CO
(Dec. 8-9); Whistler Blackcomb, BC (Jan. 14-17); Waterville Valley, NH (Feb.
23) and Northstar California Resort, CA (March 8-10).
year’s events are perfectly scheduled to provide prime advancement
opportunities for athletes ready to take their freeskiing career to the next
level,” said Barb Hamblett PPOS Event Director with Mountain Sports
International, Inc. (MSI). “Spectators can expect to see exciting top level
competition at all four PPOS stops this season.”
four PPOS events are part of the Association of Freeskiing Professionals (AFP)
competition schedule. The Copper Mountain and Northstar California Resort stops
will both be International Ski Federation
(FIS) sanctioned NORAM CUP events
with athletes earning FIS points. Athlete registration for all four PPOS stops
will open Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012 at 10 a.m. MST.
is excited to be able to integrate The North Face Park and Pipe Open Series
events in Copper Mountain, CO and Northstar, CA into the 2012-13 FIS Freestyle
NORAM CUP,” said Konrad X Rotermund FIS Freestyle Continental Cup
Coordinator-Americas. “These events will provide a great opportunity for
athletes to get their needed FIS points to be part of the 2014 Olympic Winter
Games qualification process and/or earn the opportunity to be the NORAM CUP
Champion. Recognizing schedules are very full in North America, it is great to
be able to cooperate with the already established PPOS events to give the
athletes multiple avenues to meet their competitive goals in a single event.”
in 2010, The North Face Park and Pipe Open Series (PPOS) features slopestyle
and halfpipe skiing competitions with $55,000 in total prize value up for
grabs. As one of the only open-format event series, amateurs have the
opportunity to compete alongside top pros.
North Face is excited to bring yet another season of freeskiing competition
opportunities to athletes, both professional and amateur, across North
America," said The North Face Director of Sports Marketing Katie Ramage.
"The progression of the sport of freeskiing is important to us, and this
competition format is another way for us to support that movement."
skiing takes place in a venue comprised of man-made features such as rails,
boxes and jumps contained on a single slope. Halfpipe skiing takes place in a
halfpipe similar to those used for halfpipe snowboarding. Skiers accelerate
through the pipe to gain increased height jumping out of the halfpipe while
simultaneously executing challenging grabs, spins, flips and other maneuvers.
Skiers string together a series of aerials from the halfpipe in a single run.
Judging is based on overall impression, including content, difficulty of run,
style and use of park or pipe. Both slopestyle and halfpipe skiing will make
their Olympic debut in 2014 at the Sochi, Russia Winter Games. The PPOS will
work in conjunction with the Association of Freeskiing Professionals (AFP) on
competition judging with Steele Spence serving as head judge for the series.
North Face Park and Pipe Open Series is very important for North American
freeskiing athletes,” said Steele Spence, PPOS series head judge. “The series
is a stepping stone for athletes hoping to progress to the top level of
competition. The events are very well organized with a full panel of AFP
certified judges and courses at world-class resorts.”
2012-13 PPOS Series Schedule
Mountain, Colorado (FIS Event)
Blackcomb, British Columbia
Valley, New Hampshire
California Resort, California (FIS Event)
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or (801) 349-4616.
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In 2007 world-class athletes and ski industry professionals formed the
AFP to ensure the progression of the sport, its athletes and its culture were
maintained while bringing freeskiing to a mainstream audience. By uniting
events worldwide under one true world ranking and implementing standards to
ensure consistency in judging, competition scheduling and event sanctioning
requirements, the AFP has legitimized the sport of freeskiing. This is
evidenced by the global acknowledgement of the AFP World Ranking, and most
recently the inclusion of Halfpipe and Slopestyle skiing in the 2014 Olympics.
more information about the AFP, the World Tour and the World Ranking, please
2012 Waterville Valley Big Air from The North Face Park + Pipe Open on Vimeo.
FIS Freestyle NorAm Cup
2012-13 FIS Freestyle NorAm Cup is a competitive series of events, primarily
designed to provide opportunity for United States and Canadian Athletes in
Freestyle Skiing to gain pre-world cup experience. As a region of the FIS
International Continental Cup worldwide series of events, the NORAM CUP is part
of the path to the World Cup, World Ski Championships and Olympic Winter Games
for all Freestyle Skiing athletes. This seasons NORAM CUP will host 36
Events in 16 Locations for both Lady and Men athletes in the Olympic Freestyle
Skiing disciplines of ski cross, moguls, halfpipe, slopestyle and aerials with
total prize purse of over $120,000 to be awarded.
Mountain Sports International, Inc.
Mountain Sports International (MSI) is a private company, founded in 1997, to
develop and produce action/adventure sports events and programming in North America.
MSI operates the Swatch Freeride World Tour by The North Face, in addition to
several other properties and concepts. MSI launched MSI Live in 2009, to
provide live HD webcast production, content management, encoding, and satellite
uplink & delivery. MSI provides event management services, infrastructure
and expertise for high-end brands, including The North Face, Red Bull, Subaru,
UFC, Burton and Sierra Nevada. MSI matches brand and culture, company and
credibility, to create sought-after events that help to define the action
sports culture. For more information, visit www.mtsports.com.