The Subaru Freeride Series began its run in Crested Butte February 12 that featured adult snowboarding competitions and traditional freeride ski events. As the end of January brought 30 new inches of snow, riders of all ages prepared to take on the infamous hills in Crested Butte in excellent conditions. The adult and kids events took place until February 16.
The event is the first of four big mountain freeride competition stops in the Subaru Freeride Series, all of which will also include Junior Freeride Tour competitions for riders between the ages of 12 and 18.
“Crested Butte is one of the founding mountains that encouraged the sport of freeskiing,” Bryan Barlow Subaru Freeride Series event director, said. “As the demand and visibility of this sport continues to grow we feel it is important for spectators to embrace the history of freeride, and also have an opportunity to improve their personal skills through educational clinics and demos.”
The series is North America’s premier level Freeride World Qualifier, and the Crested Butte event featured several different competitions, including a two-star and four-star Freeride World Qualifier competition and a four-star finals event. All of these were a part of the Subaru Winter Fest, which was geared toward educating snow sports enthusiasts of all ages about the evolution of the sport through various activities and exhibits.
One skier and one snowboarder walked away with the highly coveted Backcountry.com Sick Bird award, which is intended for individuals in the big mountain freeride community who push their physical limits and those set by the sport through their performances.
Crested Butte Mountain Sports Team
Kids living in the Crested Butte area are exposed to snow sports from a very young age and the Crested Butte Mountain Sports Team thinks it’s best to get kids involved in participating at a young age. And, for them, it’s working.
Kids who have been participating in the team are performing well at events across the state. While coaches told The Crested Butte News that scores aren’t the most important aspect, they are introducing kids to competition early to ease nerves and learn all-around fundamental skills to build upon in the future.
Not only did the Crested Butte Mountain Sports Team participate in the junior events at the Subaru Freeride Series, they are also gearing up to take on numerous competitions in the coming weeks. The goal of the team is to build all-around skiers, and many are getting to the podium at the competitions.
“They’re absolutely loving it,” head coach Conor Lynch told the publication. “Seeing the team come together is pretty cool.”
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