Highlights from Freeskiing World Tour & Masters of Snowboarding

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This year’s tour stop was one for the books as competitors were welcomed to Big Sky Resort with over a foot of fresh snow and more forecasted to fall making the venue prime for showcasing athletic skills on highly technical terrain.

Mountain Sports International (MSI) is excited to announce the champions of the 2016 Freeskiing World Tour and Masters of Snowboarding — Forrest Jillson and Hazel Birnbaum became the Freeskiing World Tour Champions and the Masters of Snowboarding Champions are Harrison Fitch and Camila Brown.

“I am beyond excited on the win, especially considering the field I was competing in,” said Jillson. “The conditions lined up just right so we all showcased our skills. It was incredible to compete among veterans like the Chickering-Ayers brothers, it was a total honor.”

“The Masters [of Snowboarding] is special because of the friends. It’s a family out here,” said Fitch. “Using totally natural terrain and being able to ride what you want to ride. The freedom to create your own experience. It’s a real, genuine competition.”

“I was stoked to be on the podium with two friends from the Alta Snowboard Team,” said Brown “The camaraderie at this competition keeps me coming back and keeps me motivated to train hard. This is my community and I love this sport.”

“Every year we hope for conditions as good as what we had this year,” said Bryan Barlow, event director. “We couldn’t have planned for the weather to work out this well. With two days of snow and a blue bird finals day, the level of athletes who came to Big Sky really pushed the limits and made for a great competition, one for the books. It was a true testament to the freeride community and it’s what keeps this sport unique and as cool as it is.”

In addition to podium prizes, the Sickbird Award is a highly sought after honor whose winners are chosen by the hosts of the event and is not based on a point system. Andrew Pollard, skier from Alta, UT, and Mica Brownlie, snowboarder from Snowbird each took home Sickbird belt buckles.

“I feel like I can quit snowboarding now,” said Brownlie. “Joining the Sickbird community has been a dream of mine since I started competing close to a decade ago. This is a huge honor to stand among some of the best in the sport.”

“The Sickbird is sometimes sought after more so than the actual victory of the comp because of its recognition among the competitors,” said Max Kuszaj, FWT co-host of seven years. “The winners are not decided on defined criteria, but awarded to the athletes that display the most overall athleticism and sportsmanship throughout the competition, those that really embody the spirit of freeride competition.”

The North Face Young Gun Award is presented by the judges to one junior skier or snowboarder who demonstrated a level of skill that stands out amongst veteran competitors. Sidney Simard, 17 years old from Bridger Bowl, MT, was the only junior athlete to make it into the finals. His performance was fluid and demonstrated a skill level at par to those many years his superior.

Men's Ski
RANKBIBFIRST NAMELAST NAMETOTAL SCORE
115ForrestJillson154.00
214AndrewPollard151.00
38SidneySimard*137.67
49GaryMackenzie128.67
56KyleTaylor128.00
513SilasChickering-Ayers128.00
711DanielMcFadden127.67
810MarkMikos126.33
912RileyBergseng126.00
101ChancDeschamps-Prescott119.67
1116RandyEvans80.33
127CaseyRiva62.33
135HarrisonHogan Holley59.33
144JeremyThornton54.67
153BrockHolmes52.67
162NicholasConsiglio52.33
*Junior Freeride Tour Competitor
Men's Snowboard
RANKBIBFIRST NAMELAST NAMETOTAL SCORE
137HarrisonFitch137.33
279ChanceLenay127.33
335MicaBrownlie125.00
449MorganHebert123.67
555AbeGreenspan117.67
64ScottSheer114.33
774MattCarter108.33
85WadeWilliams105.00
918BradyLonghurst101.67
1038JoshuaKatz97.67
1145DaveZook97.00
1226JordanNelson96.00
1386RyanCochrane94.00
Women's Ski
RANKBIBFIRST NAMELAST NAMETOTAL SCORE
157HazelBirnbaum150.33
217ErikaKlenk136.67
385JacquelinePollard136.00
412LucySackbauer127.00
59EmilyLewis124.33
630FrancescaPavillard-Cain113.33
746AllisonMcCuskey112.00
843CrystalWright111.00
934AllieRood89.67
1041KatieHitchock88.00
1159TessWood84.00
1224KakiOrr65.33
1384AmyDavid56.33
Women's Snowboard
RANKBIBFIRST NAMELAST NAMETOTAL SCORE
153CamilaBrown118.33
277AmberNelson110.67
321ShannanYates100.67
440JaimeKlemz92.00
52LauraDewey90.00

The Freeskiing World Tour (FWT) is the oldest competitive big mountain freeskiing tour in the history of the sport, producing the world’s premier open big mountain skiing competitions at the most rugged mountains in North and South America. Founded in 1998, the FWT, created and produced by Mountain Sports International, Inc. (MSI), recently rounded out its 18th year. MSI also founded the Masters of Snowboarding in 2008, which was the first competitive snowboarding tour specifically tailored to pioneer the sport of Big Mountain Snowboarding.

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