The Northwest's best big-mountain riders will be duking it out at a couple of extreme events over the next several weeks at Crystal Mountain.

First up is the 7th annual Silver King Freeride, a ski and snowboard competition slated for March 5-8.

The riders will be vying for a piece of the $15,000 purse in cash and other prizes going to the top male and female participants. The winner in each category will receive entry into the U.S. World Tour Finals in Alyeska, Alaska, in April.

The Silver King opens with men's skiing qualifying and Day 1 of the snowboard competition Thursday, March 5; continues with skiing competition Day 1 Friday, March 6, and concludes with skiing and snowboard finals Saturday, March 7 (Sunday, March 8, is scheduled weather day).

The event is open to the first 100 athletes who have the wherewithal ($155) to register.

Then the youngsters take over Crystal for the Silver King Junior Freeskiing Championships April 1-5.

This event, which also serves as the International Freeskiers Association's North American Junior Finals and carries a $15,000 purse, will be limited to the first 100 qualified junior athletes who register.

Detailed information on both events available online.