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Sierra-at-Tahoe hosts Freeride World Tour qualifying event

A male skier prepares to take off at the 2016 Huck Cup Qualifiers in Sierra-at-Tahoe’s Huckleberry Canyon. ]
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Professional skiers and snowboarders will hit the slopes at Sierra-at-Tahoe and compete for $3,000 at the end of the week when the resort hosts the second annual Huck Cup.

The event, a two-star Freeride World Tour qualifying event, is slated to take place March 3-4.

According to a press release from Sierra, Freeride World Tour is a worldwide circuit of freeride skiing and snowboarding events where athletes compete on challenging terrain at resorts around the world. The event will take place in Huckleberry Canyon, 320 acres of backcountry terrain accessed by five gates at the summit of Sierra-at-Tahoe.

Sierra is the only Lake Tahoe resort to host a two-star Freeride World Qualifying event this year.

“The scope of terrain in Huckleberry Canyon creates an ideal place for skiers and snowboarders to compete and earn qualifying points for the Swatch Freeride World Tour,” according to the press release.

“Huckleberry Canyon is a great venue for a two-star event,” Tom Winter, Freeride World Tour America’s manager, said in the press release. “It has a wide variety of lines, easy access and fantastic opportunities for spectators to watch all the action and cheer all of their friends. We’re really pleased with the partnership and this is an event that we expect will be part of the FWQ for a long, long time.”

Participants will compete for a $3,000 cash purse. Athletes must be licensed to compete in the Freeride World Tour. Registration can be completed online at http://bit.ly/1meYYv8. Spectators must have a valid lift ticket to enter the viewing area.