The Gatorade Free Flow Tour today announced the complete schedule for the 2011 winter season. Returning for its second year, the Tour offers up-and-coming amateur snowboard and freeski athletes under 21 the chance to earn a pre-qualified spot in next season’s Winter Dew Tour (2011-12). Hosting a total of 54 contests at ten parks this winter, the Tour officially kicks off January 15 in Wrightwood, Calif. at Mountain High Resort. Registration for all events is now available at www.gatoradefreeflowtour.com.
The Gatorade Free Flow Tour will showcase the top amateur winter athletes competing in snowboarding (slopestyle and superpipe) and freeskiing (slopestyle and superpipe). Snowboarding disciplines will have separate competitions for men and women, while the freeski contests will be open to both.
The 10-event schedule will include resorts in all areas of the United States – the East (3) and West Coasts (3), the Midwest (1), and the Rocky (2) and Wasatch Mountains (1). Open to all amateur snowboarders and freeskiers 21 and younger, registration for the Tour is available at www.gatoradefreeflowtour.com.
In addition to the main contests, each stop of the Gatorade Free Flow Tour will also include a Junior division, offering separate rail jam and superpipe contests for snowboard and freeski competitors 13 and under. The Junior Jam will take place prior to each of the Gatorade Free Flow Tour’s Open Division competitions, giving young amateurs valuable contest experience.
Please note there are limited spots for all competitions, so register early. There is a $20 registration fee for one day of competition and a $30 registration fee to compete both days, which does not include lift tickets.
The complete 2011 Gatorade Free Flow Tour schedule* includes the following dates and locations:
All of the events include both slopestyle and superpipe competitions with the exception of Mountain High and Holiday Valley, where only slopestyle contests will be held.
|Jan. 15||Mountain High Resort||Wrightwood, Calif.||slope|
|Jan. 15-16||Vail Ski Resort||Vail, Colo.||pipe, slope|
|Jan. 22-23||Tyrol Basin Ski and Snowboard Area||Mount Horeb, Wis.||pipe, slope|
|Jan. 22-23||Okemo Mountain Resort||Ludlow, Vt.||pipe, slope|
|Jan. 29-30||Mount Bachelor||Bend, Ore.||pipe, slope|
|Jan. 29-30||Jackson Hole Mountain Resort||Teton Valley, Wyo.||pipe, slope|
|Jan. 29-30||Killington Resort||Killington, Vt.||pipe, slope|
|Feb 5||Sierra at Tahoe||Twin Bridges, Calif.||pipe, slope|
|Feb. 5-6||Brighton Resort||Brighton, Utah||pipe, slope|
|Feb. 5-6||Holiday Valley||Ellicottville, N.Y.||slope|
|Feb. 12-13||Snowbasin Resort**||Ogden, Utah||pipe, slope|
* Schedule subject to change.
** Gatorade Free Flow Tour Finals held in conjunction with the Winter Dew Tour’s Toyota Championship.
The winners in each of the 54 contests (30 slopestyle and 24 superpipe) will be flown to the Gatorade Free Flow Tour Finals, taking place in conjunction with the Winter Dew Tour’s Toyota Championship, February 12-13 at Snowbasin Resort in Utah. Encompassing the “Flow to Pro” theme that is the cornerstone of the Gatorade Free Flow Tour, the two overall snowboard superpipe and slopestyle champions and the overall freeski superpipe and slopestyle champions will earn a spot to compete against the pros at the first stop of the 2011-12 Winter Dew Tour the following season.
All competitions are open to both male and female amateur competitors 21 and younger for all freeski and snowboard disciplines. There is a $20 entry fee, and all participants under the age of 18 must bring a parent or guardian to the event to sign a liability waiver. Contest registration forms, waivers and detailed information are available ahead of time at www.gatoradefreeflowtour.com.