Since 2010, The North Face PPOS has provided a valuable platform for freeskiers looking to reach the next level. In 2014, TNF moved PPOS onto a digital platform, offering competitive freeskiers an opportunity to virtually compete from anywhere in North America. The North Face is excited to expand the competition for the 2016-17 winter season, with the new All Mountain Open Series Virtual Competition (AMOS). AMOS is open to skiers and snowboarders looking to 'virtually compete' with fellow freeride enthusiasts throughout Europe and North America.
AMOS will operate alongside PPOS under the new Peak2Park Virtual Competition umbrella via an online platform located at peak2park.com. Both competitions will include Junior (15 & under) and Open divisions for men and women in North America and Europe. PPOS will remain a freeskiing only competition.
“My first thought when TNF released the PPOS competition, was that this format needed to be applied to all mountain skiing and riding,” said Hadley Hammer, professional big mountain skier and former Freeride World Tour Champion. “There are so many undiscovered riders at resorts across North America and Europe who will be able to showcase their talent and creativity without worrying about traditional barriers of entry associated with normal competitions and filming. I think we are about to be exposed to a whole new level of riding.”
"Europe offers some of the world's best backcountry freeride playgrounds," said The North Face EMEA VP Marketing & e-Commerce Jeremy de Maillard. "The expansion into Europe and the addition of freeriding makes Peak2Park a truly global competition. We look forward to seeing talented riders from around the world explore their favorite mountains while creating and sharing their dream runs with us; from the powder havens of Chamonix to the steepest lines in Alaska."
In 2016, PPOS hosted 175 registered freeskiers; 75% of which had never competed in a PPOS on-snow event. Registered PPOS freeskiing participants are invited to film short halfpipe, big air and slopestyle clips from anywhere in North America and Europe and piece the footage together—simulated a ‘dream run’. The final edit, no longer than 180 seconds, serves as the athletes competition run. The PPOS platform offers a public and a professional judging round for each discipline.
Registered AMOS snowboarders and skiers in North America and Europe are invited to film 5-7 short clips utilizing features found at resorts or in the backcountry-outside of the terrain park-and edit them together to create one ‘dream run’, no longer than 180 seconds. The final edit serves as the athletes competition run. There will be a public voting window and a professional judging round to decide the AMOS Ski and Snowboard winners.
Peak2Park is putting up more than $65,000 in prizing; including cash, Rossignol skis, LOOK bindings, GoPro cameras and gear by The North Face. Category winners will be announced at the conclusion of each judging round. Upon the completion of the competition season, one PPOS Grand Prize Winner will be selected by Tom Wallisch to film with the Good Company crew. Winners of the AMOS Snowboard and AMOS Ski Grand Prize will be sent on all-expense paid trips to the backcountry to ride and film with The North Face athletes. The Grand Prize includes travel, ground transportation, lift tickets and lodging. PPOS and AMOS will have additional specialty awards, including Best Trick, Best 100% GoPro Edit and Viewer's Choice for the video which receives the most public votes.
In 2016, Colby Stevenson of Park City, UT was selected as the PPOS Grand Prize Winner for his standout performance in both Men's Slopestyle and Halfpipe. Stevenson was featured in Good Company's first full-length film, Vice Versa which was released in August of 2016.
"This is a huge door opener for people," said Stevenson while filming with Wallisch and Good Company at Superpark 20 in Mammoth Lakes, CA. "You can try a trick as many times as you want, as many times as you need to do it, in order to get it and make it look the best."
"It's great for people of all levels of skiing because they can enter the competition and it doesn't matter if they are doing double corks or 360's, they can put together their best run, have some fun and share it with everyone," Stevenson said.
Registration opens today; Nov. 8, 2016. The video submission window for PPOS and AMOS opens on Jan. 5, 2017.