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North American Freeskiing Championships begin Thursday at Kirkwood

Staff and MSI reports

Qualifying for the Subaru Freeskiing World Tour’s 13th annual Subaru North American Championships begins Thursday and continues Friday at Kirkwood Mountain Resort.

Among those expected to compete for a $20,000 purse are men’s tour leaders Griffin Post, Julien Lopez, Arne Backstrom and Jess McMillian, while women’s tour leaders Jacqui Edgerly, Claudia Bouvier and Whit Boucher will jockey for positioning with only additional event remaining on the season schedule.

Qualifying rounds are scheduled for Kirkwood’s Lookout Vista, while Saturday’s and Sunday’s finals will unfold on the seldom-used terrain of The Cirque. The closed-to-the-public Cirque challenges competitors with untouched tight lines and huge airs. The venue is visible from Devil’s Corral at the base of Lookout Vista and The Cirque.

Weather permitting, Mountain Sports International will produce a live webcast of the final round of competition on Sunday. MSI will also be producing daily videos and posting live photo and blog coverage of the event throughout the weekend at freeskiingworldtour.com.

Subaru North American Championships schedule

At Kirkwood Mountain Resort

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Wednesday through Sunday

Today Registration

Thursday Qualifying

Friday Qualifying

Saturday FWT day 1

Sunday FWT day 2

Monday Weather day