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U.S. Freestyle Championships at Heavenly March 29-31

Posted on March 16, 2013
Filed Under Ski Culture

Catch the world’s top mogul and aerial athletes compete for the U.S. Freestyle Championship title at Heavenly March 29-31, 2013. With high-flying aerials, bumps and jumps, concerts, fireworks and a chance to meet the freestyle superstars, you won’t want to miss this awe-inspiring event.

“Heavenly has a tradition of hosting the biggest Freestyle events in the land, dating back to the 1970s Hot Dogging contests,” said Glen Plake. “The 2013 Freestyle Nationals belong at Heavenly, and for the competitors, what a pleasure to be competing on such hallowed ground!”The Championships kick off on March 29 with Moguls on Friday, March 29, Aerials on Saturday, March 30 and concludes with Dual Moguls on Sunday, March 31. The events will take place on Gunbarrel and World Cup runs at the California base, which is a great location for spectators to watch the thrills of bumps and aerials.

And in true Heavenly fashion, the party will be going off during the competition. We’ll have a DJ spinning music, beer tents, a fireworks show to end the evening and, of course, the Heavenly Angels will be on hand to get the crowd going.

Friday, March 29: Mogul Finals

  • 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Sponsor Expo Village
  • 2:30 pm – 3:00 pm Moguls – Women’s Finals
  • 3:00 pm – 3:30 pm Moguls – Men’s Finals
  • 3:45 pm – 4:00 pm Mogul Awards

Saturday, March 30: Aerial Finals

  • 9:00 am – 3:00 pm Sponsor Expo Village
  • 4:30 pm – 9:00 pm Community Party
  • 4:30 pm – 5:45 pm Live Concert – Liquid Blue
  • 5:45 pm – 6:30 pm Aerials – Women’s Finals
  • 6:30 pm – 7:45 pm Live Concert – Liquid Blue
  • 7:45 pm – 9:00 pm Aerials – Men’s Finals
  • 9:00 pm Aerial Awards
  • 9:15 pm Fireworks Show

Sunday, March 31: Dual Mogul Finals

  • 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Sponsor Expo Village
  • 11:45 pm – 3:00 pm Women’s/Men’s Dual Mogul Finals
  • 3:15 pm – 3:30 pm Awards

The moguls of Gunbarrel have been home and training ground for several amateur and pro mogul skiers, including Chris Hernandez, Brooke Ballachey, Travis Woodcock, Christy Tibbetts and Travis Cabral, as well as current U.S. Ski Team Member Sho Kashima, and rising stars Ryan Hickey and Anna Park.

“I’m very excited that the next two U.S. Championships will be held on my home mountain,” said Sho Kashima, current U.S. Freestyle Team athlete. “This event brings the best moguls and aerials skiers in the nation to the best freestyle skiing venue in the world. It will be a great event for the community of South Lake Tahoe, especially with the 2013-14 Championships being held at Heavenly leading up to and immediately following the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia.”

“We have hosted many major freestyle events over the years at Heavenly, including World Cups, Nationals, Junior Nationals, pro freestyle events and countless regional freestyle competitions. The first major freestyle contests in the 70s were at Heavenly,” said Jere Crawford, Heavenly Ski & Snowboard Foundation freestyle head coach and the 2012 USSA Freestyle Coach of the Year. “Rick Buxton and his staff at Heavenly always do a first class job.”

“Gunbarrel run is possibly the finest mogul venue on the planet. You can drive right up to it and see it from all over town. When we build an aerial site right next to it, you have the greatest show on snow. Throw in all the lodging, dining, night life, scenery and ease of access, it’s no wonder this is the competitors’ favorite place to compete. Who wouldn’t want to go to Tahoe in late March?”

Event admission will be free and spectator seating will be available on a limited basis.

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