Tour available to junior freeskiers |

Tour available to junior freeskiers

Junior freeskiers no longer have to wait for adulthood to compete in big mountain competitions.

For the second straight year, Mountain Sports International is offering a Junior Freeskiing Tour, which includes a stop at Kirkwood Mountain Resort.

“I am really happy with the direction junior big mountain freeskiing is going; the JFT is helping legitimize the sport of junior big mountain skiing and it is giving junior athletes long-term goals to work towards.” said Rob Greener, head coach of the Snowbird Freeride Team.

The junior tour is a multiple-stop big mountain competition series. The competition series is open to males and females 12-17. Two age divisions – 12-14 and 15-17 – make up the competition field. Athletes accumulate points for results between first through 15th places, and the athlete with the most points at the end of the season wins the overall tour.

Overall tour winners will be crowned during the JFT championships March 31-April 4 at Crystal Mountain, Wash.

A yet to be announced junior stop at Kirkwood Mountain Resort is on the competition calendar.

“Junior athletes are skiing at such a high level that there is no better time to create a cohesive Junior Freeskiing Tour than now,” Greener said. “The creation of the JFT will help legitimize junior athletes’ involvement in the sport of freeskiing and help them prepare for the Freeskiing World Tour.

“There is no doubt the JFT will be the breeding ground of future freeskiing stars and heavy hitters of the big screen.”

The JFT will mimic the FWT, as each JFT event is IFSA sanctioned, providing credible consistent judging and accumulative points standings throughout the competitive season.

Registration for the JFT will open at 9 a.m. on Dec. 14.

2010 Junior Freeskiing Tour Schedule of Events

U.S. Extreme Freeskiing Junior Championships, Crested Butte, Colo., Feb. 17-18

North American Junior Freeskiing Championships, Kirkwood Mountain Resort, TBA

Lone Peak Freeskiing Open, Big Sky, Mont., March 5-7

U.S. Junior Freeskiing Nationals, Snowbird, Utah, March 13-14

Targhee Tee-Off, Grand Targhee, Wyo., March 20-21

Silver King Junior Freeskiing Championships, Crystal Mountain, Washl, March 31-April 4

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