Welcome to the 8th Annual 2017
THE EAST COAST’S FIRST AND ONLY
ALL-MOUNTAIN COMPETITION CIRCUIT
The Ski The East Freeride Tour consists of 5 Flagship Events & 4 Junior Events
FLAGSHIP TOUR (ages 15+ only):
$5,000 TOUR-WIDE CASH PURSE
JUNIOR QUALIFIER SERIES (Ages 14 & under only):
Junior STOP 1 – January 7, 2017 – JR. Extreme Competition
Venue: Jay Peak // Jay, VT
Junior STOP 2 – February 4, 2017 – JR. Southern Vermont Freeskiing Challenge
Venue: Magic Mountain // Londonderry, VT
Junior STOP 3 – February 5, 2017 – JR. Unconventional Terrain Competition
Venue: Mad River Glen // Fayston, VT
Junior STOP 4 – February 11, 2017 – JR. Castlerock Extreme Challenge
Venue: Sugarbush // Warren, VT
THE MISSION of the Ski The East Freeride Tour (STEFT) is to synchronize the Eastern freeride community by providing a consistent platform for collaboration, recognition, and progression of competitive freeride skiing and snowboarding, its individuals, and the mountains that are promoting this aspect of the sport in the region.
Prior to the founding of the STEFT in 2010, four competitions were operating independently of one another at Mad River Glen, Magic Mountain, Sugarbush, and Jay Peak. These events have become well respected over the years, with some touting 20 years of operation, and are the most prominent freeride competitions on the East Coast. By integrating each event into a collaborative STEFT, we’ve created the opportunity for additional camaraderie, prize offerings, and media exposure for the contestants, events, and mountain resorts that host them. Additionally, the STEFT implemented standardized judging criteria, scorekeeping, ranking system, and registration fees, all with the end goal of creating the most consistent platform for crowning the best competitive male and female eastern skier in a given year. For the 2016 season, Smugglers’ Notch joined the STEFT as another flagship event, and they’ll be hosting their 5th annual competition this year.
As of 2015, the STEFT officially realigned with the International Freeskiers & Snowboarders Association (IFSA), allowing all STEFT competitions to become officially sanctioned Freeride World Qualifier (FWQ) 2 star events. This provides STEFT athletes who become IFSA members to gain points towards qualifying for competing in national and international events, and makes the STEFT part of the 70+ freeride competitions occurring throughout North America in 2017.
STEFT generates additional awards for each of the five flagship events including a $5,000 tour-wide cash purse ($1000 per stop) divided among the top male and female finishers at each event; the Best Line “Headliner Award” presented by Bern Unlimited that includes a helmet, streetwear, and a custom trophy; a mega Ski The East clothing and accessories prize package and STEFT official sponsors’ merchandise to all podium finishers; and a one year contract as an athlete on the Ski The East Team for the overall male and female STEFT champs.
The STEFT will receive tour rankings and event coverage on SkiTheEast.net and on other national media outlets with news articles, photos, and video edits. The STEFT will facilitate event awareness on a larger scale by garnering mainstream print and internet medias throughout the ski industry and beyond.
The bottom line: The Ski The East Freeride Tour is offering the ski community the best possible event experience and promotions for the first and only freeride competition circuit the East Coast has to offer.