With over three feet of fresh snow blanketing the “Tower 3” venue on Monday, the first ever Junior Freeskiing Nationals at Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort, Utah, was postponed due to inclement weather (lots and lots of snow falling). Blue skies resurfaced Tuesday morning and the Junior athletes had optimal conditions for the two-run competition. In the end Annalise Manley of Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and Riley Rose of Alta, Utah, won the 12-14 age division while Alex George of Jackson Hole and Snowbird local Leo Ahrens won the 15-17 age division.


Taking a page from the incredibly popular Freeskiing World Tour (FWT), which sells out each year, Mountain Sports International (MSI) is proud to partner with the International Freeskiers Association (IFSA) to produce several events on the newest freeskiing tour to hit North America, the Junior Freeskiing Tour (JFT). The JFT fills a gap in the freeskiing industry by allowing younger athletes the opportunity to compete on a world stage and gain invaluable experience. Other MSI produced JFT stops included Telluride and Crested Butte, Colorado.


“It was super fun, the snow was awesome,” said girls age 15-17 division winner, Alex George. “There’s a really fun group of girls here that I’ve never skied with before so it was great to watch everyone’s run. I normally ski with a lot of people who compete on the Freeskiing World Tour so it’s really cool that I can do it at a junior level.”


Over 80 competitors spanned the two age categories and spectators were privy to an incredible show. Athletes threw down their best to impress the judges, parents, coaches and friends. Highlights included North Parker’s blind take-off, 40-foot air, Miles Honens’ huge 30-foot spread eagle, and several competitors threw gigantic front and back flips. It was an incredible showing of young talent in the industry and dozens of Backcountry.com Sickbird nominations were awarded. The Backcountry.com Sickbird award is presented to the competitor with the most spirited competition run or runs, often involving super-human talent and agility. This stop’s Backcountry.com Sickbird award went to Johnny Collinson of Snowbird. Collinson had two incredible runs, which he skied remarkably fast and landed several massive airs with speed.


“I am usually one to do a flip, but for this comp I decided to take it easy, did some solid cliffs and it worked out,” said boys age 15-17 division winner Leo Ahrens. “This event is so awesome, so rad. This is the best snow I’ve ever competed on, by far.”


The Freeskiing World Tour continues with the second stop of the tour, the Subaru US Freeskiing Nationals March 11 through March 14 at Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort. Mountain Sports International will be satellite broadcasting LIVE from every FWT stop. Live coverage of the best freeskiing in the world can be viewed from the comfort of your desk chair. Watch LIVE coverage Friday, March 13 and Saturday, March 14 on www.freeskiingworldtour.com. Follow our LIVE blog on Twitter –search for FreeskiingWT.


MSI’s content creation team will be producing and posting same-day, world-class photography on its newly redesigned website, www.freeskiingworldtour.com


Special thanks to: Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort, Utah.

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