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News: The North Face Park And Pipe Open Series Kicks Off At Copper Mountain

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Salt Lake City, Utah — The first stop of the 2013 The North Face Park and Pipe Open Series  (PPOS) kicks off with an exciting halfpipe competition at Copper Mountain, Colo. on Dec. 8-9, 2012. 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. In addition, the Copper Mountain event will 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, CO and Northstar, CA into the 2012-13 FIS Freestyle NORAM 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.”

Halfpipe skiing will make its Olympic debut in 2014 at the Sochi, Russia Winter Games. 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.

“I am excited to be a part of the The North Face Park and Pipe Open Series at Copper Mountain,” said The North Face Athlete Mike Riddle. “The best athletes in the world are all converging at the resort this early season to get dialed in for the coming season. The event will see a very skilled field showing-off the tricks they have practiced all summer.”

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. Coinciding with The North Face Park and Pipe Open Series, Copper Mountain’s celebrates its 40th Anniversary Dec. 7-9. Specials throughout the weekend include $40 lift tickets, $40 Woodward Intro Sessions, $40 Ski & Ride School Lessons, $40 rentals for two, and many more.

The U.S. Freeskiing and U.S. Snowboarding athletes will also gather at Copper Mountain on Saturday, Dec. 8 for the annual U.S. Freeskiing and U.S. Snowboarding team naming event at 2:45 p.m. followed by a free concert by the Neil Diamond cover band, Super Diamond at 3 p.m. in Burning Stones Plaza. Enter to win a private meet and greet with America’s snowboarding and freeskiing Olympic hopefuls at www.facebook/CopperMtn or www.facebook/US-Freeskiing.

The field is absolutely stacked for the Copper Mountain pipe event. Twenty-four women and 65 men will be taking on Copper’s 22-foot superpipe seeking not only the PPOS event win, but AFP and FIS points. With names including Tanner Hall, Rosalind Groenewoud, Justin Dorey, Maddie Bowman, and the Wells brothers all in attendance, it is going to be an all out battle for the title.

Full athlete list:

Women 
  
Aerts     Katrien
Austin     Zyre
Bowman     Maddie
Caradeux     Anais
Drew     Annalisa
Faivre     Virginie
Groenewoud     Rosalind
Gunning     Shannon
Gunning     Megan
Hansen     Keltie
Haupt     Hannah
Jaeger     Mirjam
Krass     Julia
Kuzma     Janina
Marine     Tripier mondancin
Ragettli     Nina
Saori     Suzuki
Satoh     Maiko
Sharp     Kimmy
Sharpe     Cassandra
Simpkins     Emily
Terada     Shuri
VanLaanen     Angeli
Vicenti     Anna
   
   
Men
   
Allen     Christian
Atkinson     Kris
Bijasson     Nicolas
Blanchi     Antoine
Blunck     Aaron
Bowman     Lukas
Bowman     Noah
Carr     Gage
Cheshire     Rowan
Crook     Peter
Culver     Riley
Cummings     Jaek
D’Artois     Simon
DeLong     Kyle
Dorey     Justin
Ferreira     Alexander
Gorham     Cottie
Hall     Tanner
Iliano     Frederick
Jefferies     Collin
Karker     Austin
Kish     Brian
Lauper     Nils
Leeds     Broby
LeHouillier     Carson
Leonard     John
Lerjen     Yannic
MacKay     Aaron
MacKay     Brendan
Malone     Ryan
Mann     Billy
Margetts     Matthew
Maxwell     Ben
Mousseau     Zak
Narita     Grim
Northey     Garett
Oland     Tyson
Olenick     Peter
P’ng     Matthew
Peterson     Tyler
Pollet-Villard     Joffrey
Riddle     Mike
Rosenberger     Nick
Rosenblum     Daniel
Schumacher     Mike
Seaton     Taylor
Sheehan     Lyndon
Sheridan     Cas
Shibabuki     Takanori
Smaine     Kyle
Speight     Peter
Straight     Geoff
Taylor     Robert
Terada     Kiyoshi
Tierney     Andrew
Tsuda     Kentaro
Visser     Hunter
Webb     James
Wells     Byron
Wells     Beau-James
Wells     Jackson
Wells     Josse
Wilson     Taylor
Wilson     Mitchell
Wood     Walter

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