Halfpipe skiing makes its Olympic debut in 2014 at the Sochi, Russia Winter Games and will be featured as part of The North Face Park and Pipe Open Series (PPOS), which opens this season at Copper Mountain, Dec. 8-9.
This season’s venues for The North Face Park and Pipe Open Series (PPOS) also include Whistler Blackcomb, BC (Jan. 14-17); Waterville Valley, N.H. (Feb. 23) and Northstar California Resort, Calif. (March 8-10).
The North Face PPOS allows top-level professionals and up-and-coming freeskiing athletes the opportunity to advance in the competition circuit at all four stops throughout the 2013 tour.
“The North Face Park and Pipe Open Series is very important for North American freeskiing athletes,” said Steele Spence, PPOS series head judge. “The series is a stepping stone for athletes hoping to progress to the top level of competition. The events are very well organized with a full panel of Association of Freeskiing Professionals (AFP) certified judges and courses at world-class resorts.”
The first stop at Copper Mountain will be the first AFP sanctioned event in the United States for the 2013 competition season. The Copper Mountain event will also be an International Ski Federation (FIS) sanctioned NORAM CUP event with athletes earning FIS points.
“FIS is excited to be able to integrate The North Face Park and Pipe Open Series events in Copper Mountain and Northstar [California] into the 2012-13 FIS Freestyle NORAM CUP,” said Konrad X Rotermund, FIS Freestyle Continental Cup Coordinator-Americas. “These events will provide a great opportunity for athletes to get their needed FIS points to be part of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games qualification process and/or earn the opportunity to be the NORAM CUP Champion. Recognizing schedules are very full in North America, it is great to be able to cooperate with the already established PPOS events to give the athletes multiple avenues to meet their competitive goals in a single event.”
The PPOS will work in conjunction with the AFP to ensure professional competition judging in accordance with AFP standards and criteria. Judging is based on overall impression, including content, difficulty of run, style and use of park or pipe.
The North Face Park and Pipe Open Series at Copper Mountain begins on Friday, Dec. 7 with athlete registration. The competition kicks off on Saturday, Dec. 8 with practice and qualifiers in the Main Vein Superpipe, and concludes on Sunday, Dec. 9 with finals.
In addition to the competition hosted by the resort, Copper Mountain will also host a weekend of festivities celebrating its 40th anniversary season, including a free concert by Super Diamond, retro costume contests and more.
Free parking is available in the Alpine and Far East Lots located off of I-70 and CO-91. Copper Mountain buses run continually during operating hours from free lots into Center Village. Close-up pay parking is available in throughout Center Village.
Look for updates on the North Face PPOS and Copper’s 40th right here as we get closer to the event…