On most winter days, teams of freeriders can be found scattered throughout the backcountry wilderness in search of unique lines, technically challenging descents and untouched powder bliss. Putting that experience to work on a chosen zone for critically-judged runs is where the practice pays off. Crystal Mountain plans to showcase the strongest riding and skiing in today’s freeriding category through the Washington State Junior Freeride Championships (March 24), along with its King & Queen of the Hill competition (April 14).
JUNIOR FREERIDE CHAMPIONSHIP DETAILS: The competition is open to male and female skiers and boarders from ages 11-18 (if in High School). There will be a limited amount of slots available to participants, so riders are encouraged to sign up quickly. Registration will be done online and costs $85.00. We strongly recommend that participants join the Crystal Freeride Program to get training and coaching this season or, at the very least, drop in for a session or two. Judges will use the IFSA format. Venues will be determined based on weather and snow conditions, but will likely be three of the following: the Throne, Elk Chutes, the King, Silver Basin, and Bear Pits.
Crystal Freeride Program Triple Crown prize list: 2 Crystal season passes, 4 pair of K2 skis, contour cameras, Gear from Dakine, OR, Smith Optics, Clifbar, cash giveaways and more. Northwest Freeride media team will have photographers on hand catching the radness. Pizza and drinks will be provided to wash all the good times down. Come be a part or keep rocking your old gear!
KING/QUEEN OF THE HILL DETAILS: This competition strays from man-made race courses and instead works with the mountain’s natural features. Men and Women skiers and boarders choose cliffs, steep terrain, and speed to increase the difficulty and technicality of their run. This event will become their showcase for freeskiing’s progression; skiers and snowboarders are continuously seeking to achieve what’s just beyond what’s been achieved before as they try to win the top cash prizes: $1,000 to the King of the Hill and $500 for the Queen of the Hill. Plus other great prizes from K2 Skis, K2 Snowboarding, Fulltilt, Outdoor Research, Dakine, Smith, Contour, Red Bull, Crystal Mountain Boot Works, Crystal Mountain Season Passes and more to come.
Pre-registration is $100 or day-of registration is $125 per person. Ages 18 and over only with a maximum of 85 participants.Click here to register online now
Check-in and registration will take place in the Chapel. Please contact Sean Bold by email to be placed on a wait list if the online registration fills up. The Northwest Freeride Media Team will be on hand taking video and photos of the event.