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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, with some touting over 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, tour-wide 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 freerider in a given year. For the 2016 season, Smugglers’ Notch joined the STEFT as another flagship event after creating their first ever extreme competition in 2013.
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 national and international events, and makes the STEFT part of the family of 70+ freeride competitions occurring throughout North America.
STEFT generates additional awards for each of the five flagship events including the Big Air “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 to all podium finishers as well as $1,000's in other hardgoods (skis & boots) and softgoods (jackets, streetwear, & accessories) from STEFT official sponsors; a $1,000 cash purse at the final Championship Stop at Jay Peak divided among the top male and female 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 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 snowsports community the best possible event experience and promotions for the first and only freeride competition series the East Coast has to offer.