Alyeska Resort is planning a new event for March. The Chugach Open, March 17-20, will feature competitions for snowboarders, alpine skiers, and telemarkers to see who can rip down the more aggressive line of steeps, cliffs, and rugged terrain.

The event offers a cash purse of more than $10,000. Athletes will be judged on line choice, fluidity, control, and aggressiveness on challenging double black diamond terrain on 2,500 feet of vertical.

Alyeska gained a reputation as a freeskiing Mecca by hosting other big mountain competitions. The Subaru Freeskiing World Championships, Subaru U.S. Freeskiing Series Finals, World Telemark Freeskiing Championships, and 2010 Alyeska World Comp established the resort as a challenging site.

But the idea behind the Chugach Open is to have a smaller scale, more grassroots big mountain event and still draw top level talent for the three disciplines. "Our goal is to create a free spirit, welcoming all disciplines, at the Chugach Open," said General Manager Di Hiibner. "Our plan is to open up in-bounds terrain that is indicative of the big heli-lines in the Chugach Mountains. Alyeska has so many fantastic big mountain faces perfect for top athletes to test their sheer will, creativity, and talent."

The timing of Alyeska's competition complements the late spring freeride competitions held in Valdez, Alaska. The World Extreme Skiing Championships returns after a ten-year hiatus March 25 to April 3. The Tailgate Alaska World Freeride Festival, which includes the extreme King of the Hill snowboard contest, is scheduled to run March 25 to April 10.

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