When it was initially announced, I wasn't totally sold on this contest but I've been thinking about it could be a breath of fresh air in the pretty staid world of competition. For a start, anyone with a decent jump and a few rails in their park has a shot, because runs don't have to be continuous. Combine that with free registration and you've got an event with as low barriers to entry as we've seen in what is traditionally a very high cost sport. Secondly a $10,000 cash purse is nothing to be sniffed at and there are a bunch of other prizes to sweeten the deal. And there are relatively few rules to follow, you just need to maintain the illusion of a continuous run through 4 'feature tricks' and 4 jumps for slope. In a world of 'athletes' spending thousands of dollars flying round the world chasing FIS points, this really is something different.

There are limited places, so make sure you register now! The run submission portal is now open with the deadline for entering your run set as the 1st of March 2015.


Full press release:

The North Face Park and Pipe Open Series Virtual Competition heads into its next phase with the launch of the video submission portal. Through the video submission portal, located on thenorthfaceppos.com, registered participants can upload videos of their dream slopestyle and halfpipe runs to compete against a robust open field of athletes. The website also includes two graphics and twelve music track downloads for athletes to include in their video edits. Complete instructions and information on how to register, film and compete are located online at thenorthfaceppos.com.

The North Face Park and Pipe Open Series 2015 Virtual Competition invites athletes to throw down their best freeskiing tricks for a chance to win incredible prizes including a cash purse of $10,000, The North Face gear packages, GoPro cameras, the chance to film and ride with Tom Wallisch in his new project "Good Company," and more.

Important Competition Dates

- Jan. 9- Feb. 16: Registration open

- Jan. 30-March 1: Video submission period

- Feb. 23-March 6: Public voting window

- March 7-13: Finalists announced

- March 16-22: Judging period

- March 24-28: Results announced

- March 25-April 1: Prize giving

Registration for the competition is open now through Feb. 16, 2015 on http://thenorthfaceppos.com, but capacity is limited. Athletes must be 12-years of age or older to register. Additional restrictions and requirements will apply. See competition details and full competition rules on thenorthfaceppos.com.

For athlete or registration information visithttp://www.thenorthfaceppos.com] http://www.thenorthfaceppos.com[/url] or contact Courtney Leonard, MSI athlete relations manager at cleonard@mtsports.com or (801) 349-4616.