Before winter has officially even begun, top freeskiers will be competing on November 5-6th in the Glacier 3000 Snow Park in Switzerland. Among the 20 invited riders from different countries will be Anders Backe from Norway along with Laurent de Martin and Christian Bieri from Switzerland, who took second and third place at last year's contest.

Last year's Swiss Freeski Open winner Christian Bieri.

On Monday, November 5th, the Swiss Freeski Open, organized by Swiss-Ski, will take place. The top ten riders from this event will automatically qualify for the Glacier 3000 Invitational, where they will be competing against pro riders.

After the warm-up on the morning of Tuesday, November 6th, the slopestyle contest will begin at 10am. The judges will primarily be focusing on the technique and creativity of the tricks. During the qualifying runs, participants will have several opportunities to demonstrate their skills before the best riders will compete against one another in the finals. The winner will be crowned "King of Glacier 3000" and 5,000 Swiss Francs will be divided between the top three riders.

2011's King of Glacier 3000, Elvis Herlsheim

By having this two-day event at the beginning of the season, Glacier 3000 not only wants to promote freeskiing, but also to draw attention to this unique sport to the general public. The Snow Park’s glacier location is ideal and this year promises to be another great show. Therefore it´s quite simple, Glacier 3000 will be the place to be on November 5-6th, 2012!

For more information on the Glacier 3000 Invitational, click here, and for more info on the Swiss Freeski Open, click here.