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Park and Pipe Open at Blue (Posted On: Friday, November 18, 2011)

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The North Face Park and Pipe Open Series Returns for its Second Season with Three Stops Athlete registration opens November 15, 2011 at 10 a.m. MST.  Following a successful first season that sent four athletes to the 2011 Winter X Games, The North Face and Mountain Sports International announce the second annual The North Face Park and Pipe Open Series featuring three stops beginning at Blue Mountain Resort, ON on January 12-15; followed by Northstar Resort, CA on February 9-12; and returning to Waterville Valley, NH on March 8-11, 2012. 

“We are extremely excited to host this year’s The North Face Park and Pipe Open Series,” said Paul Pinchbeck, Director of Marketing at Blue Mountain Resorts Limited.  “It’s an honour to host such a high calibre event, especially with the recent addition of freeskiing to the Olympic Games.  Blue Mountain has been a leader in embracing the growth of this sport and our renowned Badland’s Terrain Park will be the ideal setting for local athletes to showcase their talents.”


The North Face Park and Pipe Open Series features one day of halfpipe competition and two days of slopestyle.  Judging is based on overall impression with categories including creativity, degree of difficulty, combinations, variations, style, and amplitude, with $60,000 in total prize money up for grabs.  The competition at Blue Mountain Resort will be the last event the 2012 Winter X Games athlete selection committee will consider when making invites.  The North Face Park and Pipe Open Series works in conjunction with the Association of Freeskiing Professionals (AFP) on competition judging, and is a gold-level event. 


"I'm proud to be involved in this event as both head judge and AFP representative.  Open events have an important history in our sport, allowing up and coming amateurs to compete alongside top level pros, and this is why the AFP is excited to get behind this particular series,” said Steele Spence, head judge and AFP general manager.  “After a stellar first year, The North Face Park and Pipe Open Series has been elevated to a higher ranking competition, and has become a solid stepping stone for competitors to climb their way up the AFP World Ranking to eventually earn invitations to top level events."


Athlete registration for all three stops opens November 15, 2011 at 10 a.m. MST at The North Face.   For more information, please visit FaceBook or on Twitter @tnfparkandpipe.


About The North Face

The North Face, a division of VF Outdoor, Inc., was founded in 1968. Headquartered in San Leandro, California, the company offers the most technically advanced products in the market to accomplished climbers, mountaineers, snowsport athletes, endurance athletes, and explorers. The company's products are sold in specialty mountaineering, backpacking, running, and snowsport retailers, premium-sporting goods retailers and major outdoor specialty retail chains.


About Mountain Sports International

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.   MSI provides event management services for The North Face, Burton, Salomon, and Red Bull and has provided infrastructure and expertise for the NBC Gravity Games and ESPN Action Sports Projects, including the Tony Hawk Gigantic Skatepark Tour. 


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


About Blue Mountain Resort

Blue Mountain, Ontario’s largest mountain resort is nestled on the shores of Georgian Bay, located 90 minutes north of Toronto. Spanning over 700 acres, Blue Mountain has become the four-season destination of the North, visited by more than 1.5 million guests a year. Winter at the resort boasts 36 ski and snowboard trails enhanced by a world-class snowmaking system.  Summer months offer the largest downhill mountain biking facility in Ontario, Monterra Golf course, Ridge Runner Mountain Coaster and a private beach property among other seasonal attractions. Year-round the resort attracts visitors to more than 1,000 luxury accommodation units and 40 unique concept restaurants, bars and retail stores in our pedestrian village. 37,500 square feet of state-of-the-art conference space caters year-round to corporate meeting groups. Blue Mountain is 50% owned by Intrawest ULC.  Visit Blue Mountain for more information.  


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