The organizer and hosting resort LAAX is proud to announce the date for the EUROPEAN FREESKI OPEN by SWATCH 2009.

For the fourth year in a row the season highlight of European freeski sport will take part from March 17 - 21, 2009 in LAAX, Switzerland. About 200 competitors from all over the world are expected to show their skills in slopestyle and halfpipe, riding for a total prize-money amount of US $50,000.

All action will happen in the contest area around Crap Sogn Gion mountain, side-events and live-concerts in the valley will complete the programme.

The open format offers all amateur riders the opportunity to participate in the same contest like international invited freeski-pros. Among the former EFO winners are e.g. Virginie Faivre/SUI, Sarah Burke/CAN, Simon Dumont/USA, Candide Thovex/FRA, PK Hunder/NOR, Jossi Wells/NZE, Russell Henshaw/AUS and Mike Riddle/USA.

For further information check out continuously the event website The online rider registration will start end of January 2009.