Snowbird 2006 Coming Up
The Freeskiing World Tour is here once again… who's ready for Snowbird? The Subaru U.S. Freeskiing and Skiercross Nationals will return to Snowbird, UT, February 1-5, 2006, to kick off the Freeskiing World Tour, the Subaru U.S. Skiercross Series, and the inaugural Subaru U.S. Freeskiing Series.
Now in its ninth year, the U.S. Freeskiing Nationals is the oldest event on the tours and has achieved legendary status for its level of competition, spectator draw, and rowdy Aerial Tram after-parties. Athlete enthusiasm continues to grow with registration for the big mountain qualifier reaching capacity in just ten days. With over a hundred of the world's top skiers competing for a $20,000 overall prize purse, the U.S. Freeskiing Nationals are not to be missed.
Last year witnessed the triumphant return of skiing great Brant Moles after years of injury, as well as the crowning of Snowbird local Ben Wheeler as U.S. Freeskiing Nationals champion. They will be up against three-time World Freeskiing Champion Manu Gaidet, who returns in pursuit of an unprecedented fourth-consecutive World Title. Kit DesLauriers will also be back, gunning for her third World Title against past Snowbird winners Jamie Burge and Jessica Baker. Finally, the U.S. Skiercross Nationals will feature skiercross greats Christian Questad, Corley Howard, Brett Buckles, and Libby Bittner competing against two-time champions Eric Archer and Anik Demers.
Along with U.S. Freeskiing and U.S. Skiercross Series title sponsor Subaru of America and host mountain Snowbird Ski Resort, strong support from tour partners The North Face, Amstel Light, Sportsinsurance.com, POWDER Magazine, and Nordica have allowed for a $2,500 prize purse increase for 2006, as well as expanded coverage of the competition. New for 2006, MSI is excited to present online, video-on-demand footage of all events, which will be uploaded daily to www.usfreeskiing.com and www.skiercross.com. In addition, MSI has secured television coverage on OLN and Rush HD for the event.
For more information, check www.usfreesking.com