Welcome to the 4th Annual 2013 Ski The East Freeride Tour!
THE EAST COAST'S FIRST AND ONLY ALL-MOUNTAIN COMPETITION EVENT SERIES
The tour consists of 4 stops:
February 9th, 2013 - Unconventional Terrain Competition
***RESCHEDULED*** - February 23rd, 2013
Venue: Mad River Glen | Fayston, VT
2) March 2nd, 2013 - Southern Vermont Freeskiing Challenge
Venue: Magic Mountain | Londonderry, VT
3) March 9th, 2013 - Castlerock Extreme Challenge
Venue: Sugarbush | Warren, VT
4) March 16th & 17th, 2013 - Extreme Competition - STEFT Finals
Venue: Jay Peak | Jay, 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 regional mountains that are promoting this aspect of the sport in the East Coast.
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 only existing freeride competitions on the East Coast. By integrating each event into the collaborative STEFT, we've created the opportunity for additional camraderie, prize offerings, and media exposure for the contestants, events, and mountain resorts that host them.
STEFT has generated additional awards for each event including an overall tour cash purse of $4000 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, and an ugly sweater; and a mega Ski The East clothing and accessories prize package to all male and female podium finishers. Also, STEFT aims to ramp up the event apres parties, presented by Long Trail, 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
with in-depth news articles, photos, video edits, and a feature-length
compilation movie slated for web and television broadcast. 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.
***NEW AGE REGULATIONS***
At the 4 main Ski The East Freeride Tour events, no skier ages 13 and under (as defined by January 1, 2013) will be permitted to register/ compete unless they are one of the 30 contestants who were admitted via one of the 3 Junior Qualifier Events:
1/12/13 - Mad River Glen - Jr. Unconventional Terrain Competition
1/26/13 - Jay Peak - Jr. Jay Peak Extreme Challenge
2/2/13 - Sugarbush - Jr. Castlerock Extreme Challenge
The top 10 skiers from each Junior event will move on to qualify for all 4 main STEFT stops.
|::| For more Jr. event info -- DOWNLOAD HERE (.pdf) and see 'Registration' page |::|
***Also, Magic Mountain's annual Craig Potter Memorial Black Magic Extreme Challenge (BMEC) is scheduled for February 23, 2013. This event is separate from the Ski The East Freeride Tour's event at Magic on 3/2/13, and open to all age groups. The top 3 male and female contestants from the BMEC will be qualified into the remaining 3 STEFT main events at Magic Mountain, Sugarbush, and Jay Peak.
Additionally, the STEFT is officially sanctioned by the International Free Skiers Association (IFSA), where their judging criteria and points system has been adopted by the STEFT. IFSA is a governing body of competitive freeskiing events that was founded in conjunction with the Freeskiing World Tour.
Check the "Judging & Scoring" page for more details.
The 2010 Ski The East Freeride Tour Women's overall winner, Ashley Maxfield, is currently competing in the 2013 Freeride World Tour. During her first year on the tour when she competed in the 2010/2011 Subaru Freeskiing World Tour, Ashley ended her season with a third place overall finish. For some more information on this success story of the STEFT, check out the following article: