The largest and longest running competitive Big Mountain Freeskiing tour in the history of the sport kicks off the season with a record six stops, including a Freeskiing World Tour Qualifier (FWTQ). There's a $20,000 cash prize purse per World Tour stop with a $100,000 total tour payout.

"The prize purse has almost doubled, and so has the viewership for our live Web casts," said MSI Winter Sports Director and announcer Dak Williams. "We have the best freeskiing athletes on the planet and, every year, more up-and-comers are discovered on our tour. This is where the best come to compete."

Returning after a one-year hiatus, [R201R, Kirkwood], Calif., rejoins the FWT along with a new European stop in [R517R, Zermatt], Switzerland. As always, the tour culminates at the ultimate big mountain competition venue of [R11R, Alyeska Resort], Alaska.

Registration for the FWT sells out in record time each year. Athletes are urged to register early to avoid disappointment.

If you want to throw down in Utah, The U.S. Freeskiing Nationals take place March 10-15, 2009 at [R404R, Snowbird]. Registration for the Snowbird event is open. 

FYI: The Subaru Freeskiing World Championships at Alyeska, Alaska, is invite-only and will not be an option at time of registration. Registration for this event and the Zermatt event will take place at a later time and will be announced with advanced notice.

Pre-qualified athletes still must register to guarantee a spot and can find a list at the Web site. Athletes are pre-qualified based on results and overall point's standings.