Freeride World Tour Qualifier Returns To Moonlight Basin
They say you never get a second chance to make a first impression. Fortunately for us, we didn’t need one. Last season’s Freeride World Qualifier at Moonlight Basin left a lasting impression on organizers, athletes, and spectators alike. One that has left everyone with high hopes and talking about the event’s return this season on March 14-18.
“After scouring the western United States resorts [in 2011], we found many good options to host a qualifier, but we chose Moonlight Basin over the rest based on their unique terrain and resort culture that embraces freeskiing” said Event Director Bryan Barlow.
This winning combination of western ski philosophy(as in wild west), raw big mountain terrain, and genuine Montana hospitality has been capturing the hearts and minds of skiers and riders for years, and helped foster a growing and healthy freeskiing community. One that is thrilled and honored to partake in this new era of the Freeride World Tour.
This season the event is back as a 4-star qualifier. With the newly unified merger of North Face Masters of Snowboarding, Swatch Freeride World Tour, and Subaru Freeskiing World Tour, Moonlight Basin‘s event is part of the Subaru Freeride Series, a series made up of three 4-star Freeride World Qualifier events in the United States.
Even with all the tour’s changes, one thing remains the same. It’s desire to bring the best freeskiers and riders in the world together to compete for one true title. Moonlight Basin‘s attitude remains the same as well. As the host mountain we are excited to roll out the red carpet and welcome the athletes, friends, and fans of the freeride community to our home.