The North Face Park and Pipe Open Series announces 2013 schedule

Comments by Henrik Lampert/

This morning, The North Face announced venues and dates for the 2013 The North Face Park and Pipe Open Series (PPOS). Stops for the 2013 tour include Copper Mountain, CO; Whistler Blackcomb, BC; Waterville Valley, NH and Northstar California Resort, CA.

“This year’s events are perfectly scheduled to provide prime advancement opportunities for athletes ready to take their freeskiing career to the next level,” said Barb Hamblett, PPOS Event Director with Mountain Sports International. “Spectators can expect to see exciting top level competition at all four PPOS stops this season.”

While each of the PPOS events are sanctioned AFP events, the Copper stop and Northstar stop will both be FIS sanctioned NORAM CUP events, giving skiers the opportunity to earn FIS points. Registration for the PPOS events opens Thursday, November 8 at 10 a.m. MT.

“FIS is excited to be able to integrate The North Face Park and Pipe Open Series events in Copper Mountain, CO and Northstar, CA into the 2012-13 FIS Freestyle NORAM CUP,” said Konrad X Rotermund, FIS Freestyle Continental Cup Coordinator-Americas. “These events will provide a great opportunity for athletes to get their needed FIS points to be part of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games qualification process and/or earn the opportunity to be the NORAM CUP Champion. Recognizing schedules are very full in North America, it is great to be able to cooperate with the already established PPOS events to give the athletes multiple avenues to meet their competitive goals in a single event.”

“The North Face Park and Pipe Open Series is very important for North American freeskiing athletes,” said Steele Spence, PPOS series head judge. “The series is a stepping stone for athletes hoping to progress to the top level of competition. The events are very well organized with a full panel of AFP certified judges and courses at world-class resorts.”

2013 PPOS Event Schedule:

  • - Copper Mountain, Colorado (FIS Event), December 8-9, 2012
  • - Whistler Blackcomb, British Columbia, January 14-17, 2013
  • - Waterville Valley, New Hampshire, February 23, 2013
  • - Northstar California Resort, California (FIS Event), March 8-10, 2013

For more, visit thenorthfaceppos.com.