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Loads of powder waiting for Masters of Snowboarding

Tribune and USSA reports

The show in deep snow must go on.

Not even eight feet of snowfall in a two-day period is going to stop The North Face Masters of Snowboarding from taking place today and Saturday at Kirkwood Mountain Resort.

The final stop of the big mountain snowboarding tour will see competitors battling for a $45,000 tour prize purse. The competition begins Friday on Lookout Vista, with the finals set for Saturday on The Cirque.

 “As the final stop on tour for The North Face Masters, we’re excited to host this event,” said Chris Eckert, Kirkwood Mountain Resort’s marketing manager. “It will be a great complement to the Subaru North American Freeskiing Championships to come later in the month, providing a nice balance to the big mountain competitions hosted here at Kirkwood.”

 Last year’s TNF Masters tour champions Clif Dimon and Susan Mol, who are coming off wins at the second stop in Crested Butte, Colo., will have their work cut out for them as they try to repeat their titles. Current tour leader Matt Annetts of Stowe, Vt., leads Dimon by only 34 points. Ralph Backstrom of Squaw Valley is third in the standings.

Other notable competitors include 2008 TNF Masters tour co-winner Laura Dewey; TNF Masters Snowbird, Utah, champion Shannan Yates; Rachel Sheidow; Chris Coulter; Jonathan Penfield; Korey Kaczmarek; Ryland Bell and 2008 TNF Masters Alyeska, Alaska, champion Rob Kingwill.

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 The tour accepts male and female competitors age 18 and above.

North Face Masters Schedule

At Kirkwood

Friday

8-8:15 a.m. ” Athlete load

8:15-9 a.m. ” Inspection

9-9:10 a.m. ” Forerunners

9:15-2 p.m. ” Day 1, run 1 begins

1:30-3 p.m. ” Day 2 inspection

3:30-4 p.m. ” Athlete meeting

Saturday

8-8:15 a.m. ” Athlete load

8:15-9 a.m. ” Inspection

9-9:10 a.m. ” Forerunners

9:15-1:30 p.m. ” Day 2, run 2

2:30-3 p.m. ” Awards

3-4 p.m. ” Athlete poster signing

Sunday

Makeup day if necessary