The North Face Park and Pipe Open Series

Start filming, folks; The North Face PPOS is back and better than ever

Start filming, folks; The North Face PPOS is back and better than ever

Spokane, Washington’s own Noah Wallace claimed the grand prize in the 2015 North Face Park and Pipe Open Series. Wallace’s impressive edit earned him a chance to film with Tom Wallisch’s Good Company and a boat load of cash (among other prizes). This year, The North Face is running it back for the second straight year to provide a bigger and better virtual contest for up-and-coming skiers. The best part? The inclusion of the big air discipline and even more schwag. $45,000 in schwag to be exact.

Per usual, all North American residents can enter for the chance to win big. We’ve listed all of the vital information below. Check it out, get outside and start filming, folks.

PPOS Virtual Comp Sample Run—Slopestyle

Wondering what it takes to enter the PPOS Virtual Comp? It's easy! Take a look at this slopestyle run Tom Wallisch put together as an example. Registration is FREE and open at thenorthfaceppos.com.

Posted by The North Face Park and Pipe Open Series on Thursday, December 3, 2015

Press Release provided by The North Face

Following the success of its inaugural season in 2015, The North Face Park and Pipe Open Series Virtual Competition (PPOS) has opened registration for 2015-2016 season. In partnership with GoPro, NewSchoolers.com, FREESKIER Magazine and Forecast magazine, competitive freeskiers anywhere in North America can “virtually” compete with one another by submitting videos of their best park and pipe runs from their favorite resorts and venues.

New this season, big air will be added as a discipline alongside slopestyle and halfpipe. Divisions have also been added for amateurs and juniors alongside the pro/open field. Competition categories will also be divided by gender with equal prizing for women and men. More than $45,000 worth of prizes will be awarded, including $15,000 cash, gear from The North Face, GoPro cameras, the chance to film and ride with Tom Wallisch in “Good Company,” and more. Additionally, The North Face will award a $2,000 scholarship to the resort, club or team who has the most participants submit videos to the competition.

“The North Face was thrilled by the great competition submissions and feedback we received last season,” said The North Face Sports Marketing Director Katie Ramage. “This year, we hope even more athletes will participate in this progressive open competition. We are also excited to add big air to the PPOS Virtual competition, which allows additional ways for freeskiers to showcase their skills and style.”

Videos submitted to the PPOS Virtual Competition will receive awards determined by votes as well as formal scoring by a panel of esteemed judges. Last season’s judging panel included Mike Atkinson, Jason Arens, Tom Wallisch, Mike Riddle and Maddie Bowman. Judges use criteria similar to past PPOS events, evaluating progression, amplitude, variety, execution, and difficulty. Each discipline will run as its own competition with deadlines for video submissions and votes. Winners of each discipline will be judged and announced in three separate rounds. Additional special awards including best trick, best 100% GoPro edit and viewer’s choice for the video which receives the most votes.

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Noah Wallace of Spokane, WA, emerged as the 2015 grand prize recipient after winning the men’s slopestyle and viewer’s choice categories. As a result, Wallace was featured in a segment in Tom Wallisch’s film, “Good Company Two” which went on to win the Best Short Film in the Pro category of the IF3 Film Festival in September of this year.

“Entering The North Face PPOS Virtual Competition ended up being the best decision I made last season,” remarked Noah Wallace. “I am very thankful Wallisch picked me for the grand prize…Getting the opportunity to ski with the Good Company crew was easily one of the top highlights of my season. There was never a dull time hanging with the crew that week. It was the best park shoot I’ve done so far with so many talented riders, and the many awesome features setup by the Seven Springs Park crew. I am looking forward to seeing what happens this winter!”

Registration is currently open on TheNorthFacePPOS.com. Competition rules and details are also available online.

The North Face is a charter sponsor of the U.S. Freeskiing Team and is a supporter of the U.S. Grand Prix and Revolution Tours leading up to the Pyeong Chang Winter Olympics in February 2018.

Since 2010, The North Face Park and Pipe Open Series has provided a valuable platform for amateur athletes hoping to reach the elite competition level. The new PPOS virtual competition is designed to provide that same opportunity to freeskiers everywhere by filming their park and pipe runs at any local mountain, hill or ski area in North America.

For athlete or registration information visit www.thenorthfaceppos.com or contact Courtney Leonard, MSI athlete relations manager at [email protected] or (801) 349-4616.

For media information, contact Jessica Kunzer, MSI Marketing and Communications Director at [email protected] or (801) 349-4612.
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