International youth compete at first Junior Freeride World Championships at Snowbird April 5-6

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The first Junior Freeride World Championships by The North Face will take place at Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort, Utah this weekend April 5-6, 2013. The event features top youth skiers and snowboarders ages 15-17 from around the world in an exciting big mountain competition. For the first time, top youth European freeriders, qualified through the DAKINE Freeride Juniors, will join their North American peers on Snowbird’s legendary terrain. A live webcast of the event will be available at 10 a.m. MDT on JuniorFreerideTour.com, FreerideWorldTour.com and PowderMag.com.

A spring snowstorm that left more than a foot in Little Cottonwood Canyon has freshened up conditions for what promises to be an exciting display of the future of big mountain freeriding. “The level of skill these athletes have demonstrated throughout the season is truly incredible,” said JFT Event Director Jeff Berman of Mountain Sports International. “We are excited to witness the crowning of true Junior World Champions for the first time in history at Snowbird.”

EVENT SCHEDULE
Wednesday, April 3
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.: Athlete Registration – Alpine Room
9:30 a.m.: Venue Announcement – Alpine Room
4 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.: Mandatory Athlete Meeting – Alpine Room

Thursday, April 4 – Inspection Day
9 a.m.-3 p.m.: Athlete Registration – Alpine Room
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.: Media Registration – Alpine Room
9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.: Venue Inspection – Silverfox/North Baldy
3:30 p.m. – 4 p.m.: Bib Draw Opening Ceremony – Tram Deck
4:30-5 p.m.: Mandatory Athlete Meeting – Alpine Room
5 p.m.-6 p.m.: Snow Safety Clinic – TBD
6 p.m.-7 p.m.: Welcome Party – Forklift

Friday, April 5 – Day 1
9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.: Media Registration – Alpine Room
8:15 a.m.: Athlete/Media Load – Tram
9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.: Boy’s & Girl’s Freeride Run 1 – Silverfox
4 p.m.-5 p.m.: Mandatory Athlete Meeting – Alpine Room

Saturday, April 6 – Finals
8:15 a.m.: Athlete/Media Load – Tram
9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.: Boy’s & Girl’s Freeride Run 2 – North Baldy
4 p.m.- 5 p.m.: Awards – Tram Deck

The JFT is committed to the progression, promotion and development of premier level youth freeride competition. JFT events provide athletes with the highest quality events and most developed judging system enabling athletes to develop their skills and abilities while making better decisions both on and off the slopes. JFT focuses on providing competition and education opportunities for top-level junior freeriders, age 15-17, as they prepare to transition into adult competition. The JFT achieves this mission through its longstanding experience, committed and knowledgeable staff, and partnership with the Freeride World Tour. A video about the JFT is available at: http://youtu.be/g1XzodC-ctg.

The 2013 Junior Freeride Tour is sponsored by Tecnica/Blizzard. The Junior Freeride World Championships are sponsored in part by Subaru of America, The North Face, Tecnica/Blizzard and Powder magazine.

For athlete specific information contact:
Andrea Logan, JFT Athlete Relations Manager
ALogan@MTSports.com

Or visit: juniorfreeridetour.com

For media or general information contact:
Jessica Kunzer, MSI Marketing and Communications Director
jkunzer@mtsports.com
(801) 349-4612.

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