The top Freeride World Tour 2011 athletes are in the Lake Tahoe area preparing for all-time conditions at this weekend's North American Freeskiing Championships Kirkwood 2011 by Swatch, The North Face and Sierra Nevada.
With the Tahoe area, and particularly the venue resort of Kirkwood, having received more snow than anywhere else on earth in the past 7 days, the maximum accumulation over 5 metres (157 feet), hopes are high for an epic contest.
Freeride World Tour 2011 men and women skiers are tuning their powder boards in preparation for the next event of the tour. The North American Freeskiing Championships Kirkwood 2011 by Swatch, The North Face and Sierra Nevada is scheduled to take place this Saturday, 26 February, at Kirkwood ski station located just south of California's Lake Tahoe.
Weather permitting, qualifiers are set to being on Thursday, 24 February with finals scheduled for Saturday, 26 February. The Freeride World Tour athletes are automatically qualified into the finals.
The venue for the Kirkwood event is an area called The Cirque, which is a 260-meter face at the top of 2987-meter Thimble Peak. The face is heavily featured with the possibility for cliff drops of all sizes, multiple drops and fun rock hits.
Has Henrik Windstedt (SWE) fully recovered from his badly bruised ribs to protect his lead against his closest competitors? Will FWT women ski leader Janette Hargin (SWE) have what it takes to continue her string of five consecutive podium appearances against North America's best skiers and the top women league of the Freeride World Tour? Clearly, the North AmericanFreeskiing Championships is a key event in the run for the 2011 Freeride World Champion title.
The Freeride World Tour is collaborating with the North American Freeskiing Championships, an exciting event featuring the top riders from North America as well as the athletes competing in the Freeride World Tour.