The Gatorade Free Flow Tour has announced the complete schedule for the 2011 winter season. Returning for its second year, the Tour offers up-and-coming amateur freeskiers under 21 the chance to earn a pre-qualified spot on the 2011-2012 Winter Dew Tour. Hosting a total of 18 contests at ten parks this winter, the Tour officially kicks off January 15 in Wrightwood, California at Mountain High Resort. Registration for all events is now open at http://www.gatoradefreeflowtour.com.
“We’re looking forward to building upon the success of the Gatorade Free Flow Tour’s inaugural winter season, and to see the first crop of winter champions compete at the Winter Dew Tour this December,” said Gatorade action sports team manager, Carla Hess. “We’ve seen the momentum carry over from summer, and anticipate similar growth with our second year in the winter scene.”
The Gatorade Free Flow Tour will showcase the top amateur freeski athletes competing in slopestyle and superpipe, which will be open to both male and female competitors.
The 10-event schedule will include resorts in all areas of the United States – the East (3) and West Coasts (3), the Midwest (1), and the Rocky (2) and Wasatch Mountains (1). Open to all amateur freeskiers 21 and younger, registration for the Tour is available at http://www.gatoradefreeflowtour.com.
In addition to the main contests, each stop of the Gatorade Free Flow Tour will also include a Junior division, offering rail jam and superpipe contests for freeski competitors 13 and under. The Junior Jam will take place prior to each of the Gatorade Free Flow Tour’s Open Division competitions, giving young amateurs valuable contest experience.
Please note there are limited spots for all competitions, so register early. There is a $20 registration fee for one day of competition and a $30 registration fee for two days, which do not include lift tickets.
The complete 2011 Gatorade Free Flow Tour schedule* includes the following dates and locations:
All of the events include both slopestyle and superpipe competitions with the exception of Mountain High and Holiday Valley, where only slopestyle contests will be held.
January 15th – Mountain High Resort in Wrightwood, California – slopestyle only
January 15th-16th – Vail Resort in Vail Colorado – slopestyle & halfpipe
January 22nd-23rd – Tyrol Basin Ski and Snowboard Area in Mount Horeb, Wisconsin – slopestyle & halfpipe
January 29th-30th – Mount Bachelor in Bend, Oregon – slopestyle & halfpipe
January 29th-30th – Jackson Hole Mountain Resort in Jackson, Wyoming – slopestyle & halfpipe
January 29th-30th – Killington Resort in Killington, Vermont – slopestyle & halfpipe
February 5th – Sierra at Tahoe in Twin Bridges, California – slopestyle & halfpipe
February 5th-6th – Brighton Resort in Brighton, Utah – slopestyle & halfpipe
February 5th-6th – Holiday Valley in Ellicottville, New York – slopestyle only
February 12th-13th – Snowbasin Resort in Ogden, Utah – slopestyle & halfpipe**
* Schedule subject to change.
** Gatorade Free Flow Tour Finals held in conjunction with the Winter Dew Tour’s Toyota Championship.
The winners in each of the 18 contests (10 slopestyle and 8 superpipe) will be flown to the Gatorade Free Flow Tour Finals, taking place in conjunction with the Winter Dew Tour’s Toyota Championship, February 12-13 at Snowbasin Resort in Utah. Encompassing the “Flow to Pro” theme that is the cornerstone of the Gatorade Free Flow Tour, the overall freeski superpipe and slopestyle champions will earn a spot to compete against the pros at the first stop of the 2011-12 Winter Dew Tour the following season.