One of the highlights of spring, the U.S. Freeskiing Nationals at [R404R, Snowbird] features the best of the best ripping down Baldy and Peruvian Gulch to take top honors, big money, and glory. Competitors from around the globe including the United States, Canada, Argentina, Sweden, Japan and France, will battle it out for their piece of the $12,500 cash purse. Jaclyn Passo ([R419R, Squaw Valley]), and Dylan Crossman ([R10R, Alta]) will have to fight to hang onto their crowns with approximately 200 competitors.

The event takes place over four days on various venues in Snowbird's Peruvian Gulch, likely including multiple days on different faces of Mt. Baldy.

"This new era of Big Mountain Freeskiing was born over 10 years ago with the first Subaru U.S. Freeskiing Nationals at Snowbird. A decade later this event continues to showcase the skill, passion, energy and soul of winter sports," said Mountain Sports International President Adam Comey. The early February storms have ripened conditions for this comp. Expect to see huge air and dynamic skiing from top to bottom.

The event is free and open to spectators but if you want to compete you're SOL if you haven't already registered. The slots are filled but daredevils can always sign up on the waitlist and pray a big mountain competitor drops off, er, out.

A live webcast of the competition will be presented at 10 a.m. MST Friday, March 13, and Saturday, March 14, with a re-broadcast airing at 6 p.m. MST each day. Check U.S. Freeskiing's site for state-of-the-art video and photo player technology and daily uploads of video, photos, news, and results of each day's competition.