Aspen/Snowmass Announces Colorado Freeride Series Dates. Championships Dates Also Set.
Aspen/Snowmass has slated February 15 as the first stop in the Colorado Freeride Series. Held on the steep, gnarly terrain of Snowmass’ Hanging Valley Headwall, the Colorado Freeride Series has become one of the premiere proving grounds for up-and-coming big mountain skiers and snowboarders.
“The kids who compete here are the ones who will go on to win big mountain extreme events like the US Extreme Skiing Championships in Crested Butte,” says Chief of Race, Tom Winter, who has overseen the event for two years. “What makes Snowmass so exciting is that unknowns come out of the woodwork and beat some of the better known pros. It’s a stepping stone, for sure.”
Big names returning for this season’s competition include Team Colorado and Head International Freeride team member Rex Wehrman, who skis out of Arapahoe Basin. Wehrman entered the final day of the 2002 Evian Colorado Freeride Championships in 3rd place, but pulled out victory on his final run.
Other competitors include Beaver Creek’s Chris Albers. Albers, who has just been named to Team Colorado Albers competed in the men’s snowboarding division during the 2002 Evian Colorado Freeride Series and Championships and finished on top of the podium with the overall series title and in 2nd place in the Championships.
Out of towners like Wehrman and Albers will face a tough test from Aspen/Snowmass locals including Aspen/Snowmass Freeride Team member Aaron Estrada, and 2002 Evian Colorado Freeride Champion Jamie Britt. They’ll be joined by Crested Butte snowboarder Rachael Baskfield, 2002 Evian Colorado Freeride Champion and second place finisher at the 2002 US Extreme Snowboarding Championships in Crested Butte, who must be considered one of the favorites to repeat.
With over $7,000 cash plus product prizes up for grabs, competition between these athletes as well as the next generation of extreme skiers and snowboarders is expected to be intense. Post competition parties provide free beer, food, bib raffle and entertainment with video footage from the days competition.
“The skiing and riding here is unlike anything you’ve ever seen,” Comments Deb Doyle, Aspen/Snowmass Director of Events. “We expect to see the big guns from last year return to defend their titles and we look forward to the wealth of new talent that will compete against them. This is one of the most exciting events in Colorado and Aspen/Snowmass is proud to once again host the Colorado Freeride Series and Championships.”
The inaugural series date on February 15, 2003 will be followed by round two of the Colorado Freeride Series on March 2nd with the final series date and Championships taking place from March 21 through the 22nd.
Colorado Freeride Series and Championships
Round 1 – February 15th, 2003
Round 2 – March 2, 2002
Round 3/Championships – March 21, 22
For more information please visit www.aspensnowmass.com or call 970-429-3217.