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Freeride World Tour’s Nissan Tram Face returning to Squaw

Sun Staff report

SQUAW VALLEY USA – The Freeride World Tour will swing through Squaw Valley USA for the third of its four stops, the Nissan Tram Face, between Feb. 27 and March 5.

Tram Face has never before successfully opened for competition, as weather deterred the event (and first legal descent) from taking place in 2009.

In Squaw Valley’s 60 years of operation, the steep rock face below Tower 1 of the Cable Car, known as the Tram Face, has remained strictly off-limits.

Its steep and seemingly un-skiable pitch and permanent closure have made it a coveted line among the freeride set that calls the mountain home.

Last year’s event was slated to be the first-ever Tram Face opening, but because conditions were not ideal, the event was instead held on Silverado Bowl.

A testament to Squaw Valley’s freeride training grounds, four of the nine U.S. athletes invited to compete on the World Tour are from Squaw Valley USA.

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The Squaw athletes include 2008 Women’s Ski Freeride World Tour Champion Elyse Sagstad, 2009 Men’s Snowboard Freeride World Tour Tram Face Champion Jeremy Jones, former Squaw Valley Ski Team alpine racer and ski film star Cody Townsend, freeskiing and BASE jumping legend JT Holmes, and 23-year-old Tim Dutton, who was raised in the shadow of the elusive Tram Face at the base of Squaw Valley.

“The reason I strived so much to get on the Freeride World Tour is because there is no Olympics in extreme skiing,” said Dutton. “[The Freeride World Tour] is the end of the line right there … so for me, being able to compete on the tour is amazing, it’s definitely where the top athletes are today and where it’s going on.”

Ski Men

1. Aurelien Ducroz FRA

2. Reine Barkered SWE

3. Sverre Liliequist SWE

4. Matthias Haunholder AUT

5. Henrik Windstedt SWE

6. Thibaud Duchosal FRA

7. Raphy Gillioz SUI

8. Seb Michaud FRA

9. Thomas Diet FRA

10. Kaj Zackrisson SWE

11. Torgrim Vole NOR

12. Griffin Post USA

WC. Adrien Coirier FRA

WC. Richard Permin FRA

WC. JT Holmes USA

WC. Phil Meier SUI

WC. Cody Townsend USA

WC. Tim Dutton USA

Snowboard Men

1. Xavier De Le Rue FRA

3. Max Zipser AUT

4. Matt Annetts USA

6. Mitch Toelderer AUT

7. Flo Orley AUT

8. Will Brommelsiek USA

WC. Eric Themel AUT

WC. Cyril Neri SUI

WC. Niklas Hollsten FIN

WC. Jeremy Jones USA

Ski Women

1. Ane Enderud NOR

2. Marja Persson SWE

3. Jess Mc Millan USA

4. Elyse Saugstad USA

WC.Crystal Wright USA

Snowboard Women

1.Susan Mol USA

2.Aline Bock GER

WC.Vivian Aasen NOR

WC .Maria Kuzma NZL

WC. Maelle Ricker CAN

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