News: Ski Apra Cat Skiing To Host The North Face Chilean Freeskiing Championship

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Chilean Freeski Champ

SALT LAKE CITY - July 12, 2012 - The North Face Chilean Freeskiing Championships will return to Ski Arpa Cat Skiing, August 22-26, for the second consecutive year. With a $10,000 prize purse, the open event will attract the top freeskiers from around the globe to compete on a backcountry venue only accessible by snowcat and touring. An hour drive from Los Andes, Chile, the venues at Ski Arpa - located in the shadow of Cerro Aconcagua, the highest peak in the Americas - are truly world-class.

This competition will be a 4-star event, associated with the Freeride World Tour and a critical opportunity for up and coming athletes to earn points towards their worldwide ranking.

"Ski Arpa is one of those venues that you truly can't appreciate unless you're there - jumping into cats, doubling on snowmobiles, and ripping massive 3,000-foot fresh lines with friends from around the world," said FWT Event Director Bryan Barlow of Mountain Sports International. "This event and location brings all of the best qualities in big mountain skiing, traveling, and competing together to create an unrivaled adventure experience. This competition truly shows that a top level freeride event can be held in a backcountry setting."

The North Face Chilean Freeskiing Championship will be an open event, and will be based on a seeding list from 2012 FWQ results. There are approximately 50 total available spots for men and women. Registration opens Wednesday, July 18, at 2 p.m. MST on www.freeskiingworldtour.com

For updates, visit:
www.freeskiingworldtour.com

About The North Face Chile
The North Face, the outdoor market leader always innovating to continue to inspire its consumers to never stop exploring, meet in this championship to the international elite of freeride skiing. The brand will be represented by the outstanding athletes of the team The North Face, winner of the 2010 tour Griffin Post (USA), Jacqui Edgerly (USA), Drew Tabke (USA) and the Chileans Cristóbal "Poplar" Diaz "and his sister Soledad Diaz , which also earned podium during the date 2009. They leave their energy in the high jump cliffs to try to win the title of the Andes in this global celebration of snow sports.

About Ski Arpa
Ski Arpa is South America's only true snowcat-serviced ski resort, and it is well-known for deep powder and sweeping views of the Andes mountain range, including the Western Hemisphere's highest mountain, Mount Aconcagua, only 15 miles away. Ski Arpa is comprised entirely of backcountry terrain, and skiers choose their own line. There are two valleys: Valle El Arpa has four expansive snow bowls, with steep headwalls, chutes and wide-open runs; Valle La Honda, on the back side of Arpa Valley, is a wide-open snow bowl with approximately 3,000 acres of intermediate to expert terrain. Ski Arpa is entirely above tree line. Ski Arpa's partner company Santiago Adventures is responsible for all sales and marketing and the organization of the Subaru Freeskiing World Tour. For information and reservations contact the Ski Arpa & Santiago Adventures offices in Santiago, Chile at 562-244 2750 or in the US at 802-904-6798 www.skiarpa.com.

About Mountain Sports International (MSI)
Mountain Sports International (MSI) is a private company, founded in 1997, to develop and produce action/adventure sports events and programming in North America. MSI owns and produces the Freeskiing World Tour, in addition to several other properties and concepts including The North Face Masters of Snowboarding. MSI launched MSI Live in 2009, to provide live HD webcast production, content management, encoding, and satellite uplink & delivery. MSI provides event management services, infrastructure and expertise for high-end brands, including The North Face, Burton, Red Bull, Subaru, UFC, and Sierra Nevada. MSI specializes in matching clients with events for brand penetration into target demographics, developing product identification and loyalty. MSI matches brand and culture, company and credibility, to create sought-after events that help to define the action sports culture. For more information, visit www.mtsports.com.

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