"Heavenly has a tradition of hosting the biggest Freestyle events in the land, dating back to the 1970s Hot Dogging contests," said living-legend skier Glen Plake. "The 2013 Freestyle Nationals belong at Heavenly, and for the competitors, what a pleasure to be competing on such hallowed ground!"
Beginning March 29-31, 2013, the top moguls and aerials athletes in the US will compete for the U.S. Freestyle National title at Heavenly's freestyle arena located at the California Lodge base area, with the moguls competition commencing on Heavenly's famous Gunbarrel run.
The women's and men's aerials competition will be held at the base of World Cup run in California, adjacent to Gunbarrel.
"Building on our heritage of freestyle skiing and competition that dates back to its roots in the 1970's, we're excited and honored to host the 2012-13 and 2013-14 U.S. Freestyle Championships at Heavenly on Gunbarrel," said Pete Sonntag, Heavenly's general manager. "Gunbarrel is the most iconic moguls run in North America and has spawned such great skiers as Glen Plake and current U.S. Freestyle Ski Team athlete Sho Kashima. It's the ultimate challenge for America's top freestyle skiers."
The moguls of Gunbarrel have been home and training ground for several amateur and pro mogul skiers, including Chris Hernandez, Brooke Ballachey, Travis Woodcock, Christy Tibbetts and Travis Cabral, as well as current U.S. Ski Team Member Sho Kashima, and rising stars Ryan Hickey and Anna Park.
"Gunbarrel run is possibly the finest mogul venue on the planet. You can drive right up to it and see it from all over town. When we build an aerial site right next to it, you have the greatest show on snow. Throw in all the lodging, dining, night life, scenery and ease of access, it's no wonder this is the competitors' favourite place to compete. Who wouldn't want to go to Tahoe in late March?" said Jere Crawford, Heavenly Ski & Snowboard Foundation freestyle head coach and the 2011-12 USSA Freestyle Coach of the Year.