The new Gatorade Free Flow Tour is touring this winter across the country with three events set in California. The amateur snowboarding and freeskiing series features up-and-coming athletes pushing the sports into the next realm.

The event launched its California debut Jan. 17 at [R261R, Mountain High]. The slopestyle contest produced three winners who earned slots to compete in the Gatorade Free Flow Tour Finals, Feb. 4-7 at [R255R, Mount Snow], Vt. Other slots to the final competition are open to winners of nine other events scheduled around the country, including one at [R43R, Bear Mountain] and another at [R227R, Mammoth]. 

Bear Mountain will host the Gatorade Free Flow Tour Jan. 23-24. Mammoth Mountain hosts its events Jan. 30-31. The resorts each host superpipe and slopestyle events, which break into snowboard and freeski competitions.

The Gatorade Free Flow Tour is designed for amateur snowboarders and freeskiers age 21 and younger. Snowboard competitions separate into men's and women's categories while freeski contests are open to both.

"Being able to bring amateurs in snowboarding and freeskiing the same stepping stone to the pros we offer skateboarders and BMX riders through the summer Free Flow Tour is something we are really excited about," said Kenny Mitchell, Gatorade action sports team manager.

The 10-event schedule, which accrues three or six winners per stop, culminates in the Mount Snow finals, which takes place in conjunction with the Winter Dew Tour's Toyota Championship in Vermont. The overall Gatorade Free Flow freeski superpipe and slopestyle champions earn a spot to compete against the pros at the first stop of the 2010-11Winter Dew Tour. Fuel TV plans to broadcast selected coverage of the Gatorade Free Flow Tour.

Registration is available online. The number of spots for each competition is limited, so early registration is recommended. The event costs $20 to enter. Lift tickets are not included in the entry fees.

More information. Or call Bear Mountain, 909-866-5766; Mammoth, 800-MAMMOTH.