Story From Freeskiingworldtour.com
"The Subaru Freeskiing World Tour will never be the same. For the first time in the tour’s 15-year history, man-made, mandatory slopestyle jumps will be incorporated into the 2012 season’s first event, the Red Bull Powder Disorder. Athletes from around the globe have made the August pilgrimage to the storied slopes of Las Leñas, Argentina. The names are here. The snow is here. The media is here. The stage is set for one of the most historic starts to the longest running competitive freeskiing tours in the world.
“It’s fitting that we’re celebrating the start of the 2012 Subaru Freeskiing World Tour in the center of the Andes, where it began 15 years ago,” said Bryan Barlow, competition director for the Subaru Freeskiing World Tour. “The terrain here at Las Leñas is the perfect fit to add the slopestyle element. Not all of the FWT venues are conducive to this format, which makes this stop especially unique.”
Tuesday marks the official registration and venue inspection day on the 2,000-vertical-foot face, known as Eduardos, that holds a consistent, 40-degree pitch. Unlike last year, however, skiers won’t just be looking at the terrain in terms of powder turns and cliff drops. This year, local event producers are working with key athletes to build three different jumps on the face. In meetings today with heavy hitters from MSI, Big Powder, Red Bull, and Las Leñas, the consensus was made that the first jump would be made mandatory and the second two would be optional. All of the athletes are pumped and ready to throw down with this added element."