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Welcome to the 7th Annual 2016

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THE  EAST  COAST’S  FIRST  AND  ONLY
ALL-MOUNTAIN  COMPETITION  CIRCUIT

Judging & Scoring  |  Standings  |  Media  |  Events Calendar


The Ski The East Freeride Tour consists of 6 Flagship Events (ages 15+ only)
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TBD CASH PURSE – previously it has been an overall purse of $5000

STOP 1    February 27, 2016   – Southern Vermont Freeskiing Challenge
Venue:  Magic Mountain // Londonderry, VT – CANCELLED
Unfortunately this event has been cancelled due to very low snowpack and unsafe course conditions.  However, if conditions do improve substantially in March, Magic Mtn might hold an exhibition freeride event that will be independent of the STEFT.  Stay tuned to STEFT Facebook page for updates.
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STOP 2  –  March 5, 2016 – Castlerock Extreme Challenge
Venue:  Sugarbush // Warren, VT
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STOP 3  –  March 6, 2016 – Extreme Skiing Challenge
Venue:  Smugglers’ Notch // Jeffersonville, VT – NEW FOR 2015
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STOP 4  –  March 12, 2016   – Sidecountry Showdown
Venue:  Sugarloaf // Carrabassett Valley, ME – CANCELLED
Unfortunately this event has been cancelled due to very low snowpack and unfavorable course conditions.


STOP 5
    March 13, 2016   – Unconventional Terrain Competition
Venue:  Mad River Glen // Fayston, VT – CANCELLED
Unfortunately this event has been cancelled due to very low snowpack and unseasonably warm temperatures forecasted for the week prior to the competition.
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STOP 6  –  March 19 & 20, 2016 – Extreme Competition – STEFT Championship
Venue:  Jay Peak // Jay, VT
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4 Junior Qualifier Events (Ages 14 & under only):

STOP 1    January 9, 2016 – JR. Extreme Competition
Venue:  Jay Peak // Jay, VT

STOP 2  –  January 23, 2016 – JR. Unconventional Terrain Competition
Venue:  Mad River Glen // Fayston, VT

STOP 3  February 6, 2016  –  JR. Castlerock Extreme Challenge
*RESCHEDULED FOR February 27
Venue:  Sugarbush // Warren, VT

STOP 4    January 31, 2016 – JR. Southern Vermont Freeskiing Challenge
*RESCHEDULED FOR March 5
Venue:  Magic Mountain // Londonderry, 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, 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 19 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.  In 2015, Sugarloaf, Maine joined the STEFT as a fifth flagship event by hosting their first ever freeride competition.  And we’re pleased to announce the addition of Smugglers’ Notch, Vermont as a 6th flagship STEFT event for the 2016 season, who will be hosting their 4th annual competition.

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 2016.

STEFT generates additional awards for each of the six flagship event including a TBD cash purse (previously it has been $1000 per stop) divided among the top male and female alpine ski 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 male and female 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.

 

 

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