In the lead-up to an historic year for freeskiing, The North Face announced this week the fourth season of The North Face Park and Pipe Open Series (PPOS). The series will feature three stops during the 2013-14 winter including halfpipe at Copper Mountain (Dec. 6-8), halfpipe and slopestyle at Whistler Blackcomb (Jan. 14-18) and Stratton Mountain Resort (Feb. 22), which will feature a slopestyle competition and rail jam. Athlete registration opens on Nov. 5.
“As the sport of Freeskiing embarks on its journey to the world’s stage at the Winter Olympics, The North Face is proud to offer this open-format event to the freeskiing community, and excited to see the sport growing and moving forward,” said The North Face Vice President, Global Marketing Aaron Carpenter.
Founded in 2010, The North Face Park and Pipe Open Series (PPOS) features slopestyle and halfpipe skiing competitions. As one of the only open-format event series in North America, amateurs have the opportunity to compete alongside top pros and advance their athlete rankings.
All three PPOS events are part of the Association of Freeskiing Professionals (AFP) competition schedule. The Copper Mountain stop will also serve as a last chance qualifier into the U.S. Grand Prix series, which is the Olympic qualification series for freeskiing athletes in the U.S., and will ultimately select the athletes who will compete for the U.S. Olympic Freeskiing team at the Sochi Winter Olympics in February.
“The energy surrounding this coming event season is outstanding,” said Event Director Barb Hamblett of Mountain Sports International. “We are very excited to provide athletes the opportunity to participate in this premium open series at such a pivotal time for the sport.”
2013-14 PPOS Series Schedule
Copper Mountain, Colorado (FIS Event) – December 6-8, 2013
Whistler Blackcomb, British Columbia – January 14-18, 2014
Stratton, Vermont – February 22, 2014
For athlete or registration information visit www.thenorthfaceppos.com or contact Julia Jimmerson, MSI athlete relations manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (801)349-4616.
Release and photos courtesy of The North Face PPOS and Sarah Brunson/U.S. Freeskiing