SHANNAN YATES AND FORREST BURKI WIN THE SECOND STOP OF THE NORTH FACE MASTERS OF SNOWBOARDING IN CRYSTAL MOUNTAIN, WASHINGTON
Shannan Yates and Forrest Burki Win The North Face Masters Of Snowboarding in Crystal Mountain, Washington

Crystal Mountain, Washington- February 12, 2010-After a weather day the clouds cleared for the top The North Face Masters of Snowboarding qualifiers to rip down Crystal Mountain’s Silver King. Choosing from a plethora of 60-degree chutes, large cliffs and steep faces. Crystal Mountain local Forrest Burki put together a fluid, technical run to take the first place prize – a samurai sword and $3500.

The men's podium: Blair Habenicht (2nd), Forrest Burki (1st), Charlie Hoch (3rd). Photo Courtesy of Bissellhazen/MSI

The men's podium: Blair Habenicht (2nd), Forrest Burki (1st), Charlie Hoch (3rd). Photo Courtesy of Bissellhazen/MSI

Blair Habenicht continued Crystal’s strong showing by placing second with a solid run down the fall line. Wolfcreek, Colorado, local Charlie Hoch took third.

Shannon Yates, based in Salt Lake City,Utah, charged a strong line with three clean airs to take first place for the women. She knew her run was good, but didn’t get her hopes too high.”If you have high expectations and get knocked down it hurts a lot more,” said Yates. “But now, I’m on cloud nine.”

Yates was followed by Maria DeBarri, from Squaw Valley,California, who took a more technical line. Mary Boddington, from Crested Butte, Colorado, took third.

Snow fell throughout the whole day and visibility was tough for the athletes. “It was a mistakes limiting day,” said Judge Julie Zell. “It was tough conditions for everybody. Visibility was killing everybody, especially the women.”

Burki and Habenicht are no strangers to the heavy snowfall that took place-they both grew up at Crystal Mountain. Habenicht is considering going to the Kirkwood stop but he thinks he might stay at Crystal and He’s saving the $2000 prize money for his dreams.

“Late February and March go off in Washington,” said Habenicht. “I’m stoked to go film again.”

Alex Yoder, 20, from Jackson Hole, Wyomming, won the Young Gun award- given to the best up and coming rider under 21.

Jordan Decker. Photo Courtesy of Bissellhazen/MSI

Jordan Decker. Photo Courtesy of Bissellhazen/MSI

The North Face Masters of Snowboarding will head to Kirkwood Mountain Resort February 25-27 for the finals.

The key word at Crystal Mountain is variety. As the largest ski area in Washington, the mountain features 2,600 acres of everything from gentle cruising groomers to challenging steeps and backcountry adventure. To give you the most for your money, Boyne has invested millions in top-of-the-line lifts, lodges, restaurants and grooming machines. Two six-person lifts and two high-speed quads ensure you’ll spend less time resting and more time enjoying the slopes. Crystal is located just 76 miles from Seattle and is nestled on the northeast corner of Mount Rainier National Park.

Daily uploads of videos, photos, and stories will be available throughout the weekend on www.thenorthfacemasters.com and tour media partner Snowboard magazine’s site, www.snowboardmag.com.

Designed to cater to the motivation, talent and skill of world-class big mountain riders, TNF Masters serves as a qualifier for the Freeride World Tour’s Nissan Tram Face at Squaw Valley, California. The top male and female winners of each TNF Masters tour stop qualify for the event. Mark Carter and Shannan Yates won the first stop of The North Face Masters of Snowboarding at Snowbird, Utah.

Photo Courtesy of Bissellhazen/MSI

Photo Courtesy of Bissellhazen/MSI

The North Face Masters is a three-stop tour of competitive big mountain snowboarding. Big mountain snowboarding challenges a snowboarder’s creativity, athleticism and personal limits. Competitors at Crystal Mountain will face tight chutes, steep powder stashes, and variable snow and weather conditions.

TNF Masters attracts big mountain snowboarding competitors from all around the world. All male and female snowboarding competitors above age 18 are invited to participate. Registration is open at www.thenorthfacemasters.com.

The North Face Masters of Snowboarding Presented by Primaloft is supported by The North Face, Primaloft, Subaru of America, Mountain Sports International, Comcast Sportsnet, Snowboard Magazine, Snowbird Ski & Summer Resort, Crystal Mountain, and Kirkwood Mountain Resort .

The North Face Masters of Snowboarding 2010 Series Schedule

Stop #1 – Snowbird, Utah – January 23 – 24

Stop #2 – Crystal Mountain, Washington – February 9 – 12

Stop #3 – Kirkwood, California – February 25 – 27