Welcome to the 6th Annual 2015
THE EAST COAST’S FIRST AND ONLY ALL-MOUNTAIN COMPETITION CIRCUIT
The Tour consists of 5 Flagship Events:
STOP 1 – February 21, 2015 – Unconventional Terrain Competition
Venue: Mad River Glen // Fayston, VT
STOP 4 – March 14, 2015
Venue: Sugarloaf // Carrabassett Valley, ME – NEW FOR 2015
STOP 5 – March 21 & 22, 2015 – Extreme Competition – STEFT Championship
Venue: Jay Peak // Jay, VT
AND 4 Junior Qualifier Events (Ages 14 & under only):
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.
Previously, 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 over 15 years of operation, and are the most prominent freeride competitions on the East Coast. By integrating each event into the 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. New for 2015, Sugarloaf, Maine has joined the STEFT as a fifth flagship event, and Magic Mountain will be hosting it’s first junior qualifier event.
Also new for 2015, the STEFT has officially realigned with the International Freeskiers & Snowboarders Association (IFSA), allowing STEFT events to become official Freeride World Qualifier (FWQ) and gain points towards qualifying for competing in national and international events.
STEFT has generated additional awards for each flagship event including an overall tour cash purse of $5000 divided among the top male and female alpine ski finishers at each event; the Big Air “Cliff Huckstable” Award presented by Bern Unlimited that includes a helmet, streatwear, an authentic ugly sweater, and a framed photo of the Godfather of ugly sweaters: Bill Cosby; a mega Ski The East clothing and accessories prize package 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. Also, STEFT aims to ramp up the event apres parties, presented by Long Trail and Vermont Spirits, that celebrate each competition and the tour collectively. Everything from group “shot skis” at the bar, to frozen t-shirt contests, to live music.
The STEFT will receive full event coverage on SkiTheEast.net and other national media outlets with in-depth news articles, photos, video edits, and a feature-length compilation movie slated for web syndication. The STEFT will facilitate event awareness on a larger scale by garnering mainstream print, television, 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 production and media coverage for the only freeride competition circuit the East Coast has to offer.