In its 18th year, competitive freeskiing arrives once again at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort for the 3rd Annual Subaru Jackson Hole Freeskiing Open. This is the fourth stop on the six stop Subaru U.S. Freeskiing Series organized by Mountain Sports International (MSI) and the International Freeskiiers Association (IFSA).
One of the most anticipated stops on the tour, registration for the Subaru Jackson Hole Freeskiing Open filled in just hours. Competitors from around the globe, including Canada, U.S.A., Argentina, Sweden, Japan and France will battle it out for $7,500 with the men's and women's overall U.S. Freeskiing Tour point leaders taking home an extra $2,500 each.
Over 70 men and 30 women are scheduled to compete at the Subaru Jackson Hole Freeskiing Open including freeskiing champions Cliff Bennett, Drew Billington, Justin Richard, Kevin O'Meara and last year's winner Griffin Post on the men's side. The stacked women's field includes current tour point's leader Hannah Whitney, as well as last year's podium finishers Hannah Horigan and Crystal Wright.
"Following the success of the last two years, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort is thrilled to see this exciting competition return to the big mountain terrain at Jackson Hole," said Jackson Hole Mtn Resort Sales and Special Events Director Bill Lewkowitz. "From the great caliber of entrants to the professional organization, it is a top event and we wish all those competing the best of luck. With over 467 inches of snow so far this winter conditions are perfect on our mountain and we are really looking forward to watching the competition."
Jackson Hole Mountain Resort's terrain is ideal for carving exposed, high-scoring lines. Proposed competition venues include Un-skiable, Alta Zero and Casper Bowl. Casper Bowl, which was used in past years, highlights an east-north-east facing bowl that is full of steep chutes, rock outcrops and snow fields. To reach Casper Bowl, skiers must hike the headwall (approximately 800 feet vertical) and then drop into the bowl. The venue is easily viewable from below and is perfect for spectators.
MSI will broadcast same-day video webcast starting at 7pm MST both Friday and Saturday on the newly redesigned and recently launched
which features state of the art video and photo player technology. The daily uploads of video, photos, news and results of each day's competition action will be available after each day concludes.
2008 Subaru U.S. Freeskiing Series & Freeskiing World Tour Schedule
Subaru Jackson Hole Freeskiing Open, Jackson Hole, WY, March 13-16
Subaru U.S. Freeskiing Nationals, Snowbird, UT, March 18-23 (World Tour #2)
Subaru Freeskiing World Championships and Subaru U.S. Freeskiing Series Finals, Alyeska, AK, April 9-13 (World Tour #3)
Special thanks to our sponsors: Subaru of America, The North Face, Corona, Nordica, Coca-Cola, Powder Magazine, Emergen-C, Ski Press Magazine, Mt. Olympus Water, Lynden Transport, Sports Insurance, Grabber, Skull Candy, Yakima, and IFSA.
Special thanks to our Resort partners: Snowbird Ski & Summer Resort, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, Telluride Ski Resort, Squaw Valley USA, Crested Butte Mountain Resort, and Alyeska Resort.