Salt Lake City, Utah — Due to the unusually low snow year in Crested Butte, Colo., ski patrol and event organizers have made the difficult decision to cancel this year's Freeskiing World Tour stop, scheduled March 7-11.
The decision was incredibly tough to make, as the Crested Butte event is a perennial favorite for athletes and fans. Crested Butte has long been a supporter of the tour and has deep roots in competitive big mountain freeskiing. Nevertheless, factors out of resort and event organizer's control have forced this decision.
"Due to an unfortunate weather pattern this year, we cannot provide the venue that truly showcases the athletes and what they have come to expect here in Crested Butte," said Crested Butte Snow Safety Director Frank Coffey. "Unfortunately the snowpack does not offer optimal conditions, in regards to the safety of the athletes and course workers with the level of skiing that takes place. We love this event and we really look forward to hosting it again next year."
The rocky, extreme terrain that Crested Butte is known for needs significant snow coverage and sadly this season has not provided.
"We focus on safety first for our competitors," said Event Director Bryan Barlow. "It's not worth jeopardizing the well-being of our athletes to hold the event this year. We try to work with Mother Nature the best we can and have already postponed this event in hopes of more snow. Year-to-year we need to maintain a certain level of consistency from event to event in terms of snowpack and what is needed for the skiers to showcase what is freeskiing today."
Tour organizers hoped to reschedule the event to a later date, however the season is full with other competitions. Due to the cancellation, the overall Freeskiing World Tour Champion this season will be determined using the top three out of five event scores.
MSI would like to thank all athletes for their understanding and patience with scheduling difficulties.
The Freeskiing World Tour heads to Snowbird, UT March 14-19 followed by Qualifiers at Moonlight Basin, MT March 22-25 and wraps up at Kirkwood, CA April 4-9.