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Locals get shot at kings of mountain

Staff reports

Now in its 13th year, the Jeep King of the Mountain skiing and snowboarding series is making its final stop at Squaw Valley this weekend.

The series, which runs throughout the duration of the winter at various resorts and venues throughout the US and Canada, will hold the King of the Mountain finals at Squaw Valley this Sunday.

The series final will showcase some of the most prestigious athletes in skiing and snowboarding, as well as a unique course layout and one of the richest purses in the snowsports world.

Jasey Jay Anderson, fresh of the Torino Winter Games, along with Austrians Dieter Krassnig and Lukas Gruener, will race in Sunday’s event.

The course, which is a unique “Y,” combines both giant slalom turns on the top half of the course with skier or boardercross style course on the bottom half.

Perhaps the most notable aspect of the weekend’s racing at Squaw Valley is that the series is holding an open qualifier on Saturday. Anyone, amateur or professional can enter the open qualifier and earn a spot to compete against the world’s best the next day.

The top two racers to come out of each men’s and women’s snowboarding and skiing open contests will round out the 32 person field for Sunday’s races.

With more than $450,000 in total prize payouts plus an additional $20,000 in bonuses from Paul Mitchell Systems as well as four brand new 2006 Jeep Commanders for the winners of each men’s and women’s ski and snowboard competitions, the open qualifier is the chance of a lifetime and the King of Mountain finale is a not-to-be-missed spectator event.

Registration for Saturday’s National Open Qualifier is today from noon to 5 p.m. at VIP tent at the bottom of Exhibition. The cost is $25. Competition starts at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. Sunday.

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