Masters of Snowboarding to wrap up tour at Kirkwood this weekend |

Masters of Snowboarding to wrap up tour at Kirkwood this weekend

Sun News Service and Mountain Sports International report

Fresh powder, tour titles and the opportunity to ride The Cirque should attract a stellar list of riders for the final stop of The North Face Masters of Snowboarding on Friday and Saturday at Kirkwood Mountain Resort.

and#8220;We’re greatly looking forward to the return of the North Face Masters this year,and#8221; said Tim Cohee, the senior vice president at Kirkwood Mountain Resort. and#8220;The event and its competitors bring a great vibe to Kirkwood during the tour, generating quite a bit of excitement among locals and guests. Taking on the permanently closed terrain of The Cirque is no small feat.and#8221;

Competitors from around Lake Tahoe are among the leaders in the three-event tour standings. Squaw Valley’s Maria DeBari, who was runner-up at Crystal Mountain, Wash., is tied for fourth overall and Squaw Valley’s Iris Lazzareschi, who placed sixth at Snowbird, Utah, and ninth at Crystal Mountain, stands seventh overall. Rosemarie Daiek of Kirkwood finished seventh in the first event and is ranked 11th overall going into her home event. Squaw Valley’s Lindsay Kuhlmann and Christy Deysher are also top-20 caliber contenders.

In contention for the men’s tour title is Squaw Valley’s Ryland Bell, who was runner-up in the season’s opening event and is ranked third overall. Fellow Squaw Valley competitors Ralph Backstron, Ross Baker, Christopher Galvin and Ryan Egan are riders to watch as well at Kirkwood.

Athlete registration is from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday in Red Cliffs Lodge. Women begin competing at 9:30 a.m. Friday and the men at 11:30 a.m. Friday. Finals start at 10 a.m. Saturday, and Sunday is earmarked for a backup weather day.

and#8220;We’re lucky to have one of the few locations in the world where spectators can view the entire course from top to bottom with literally no obstruction,and#8221; said Julie Koster, Marketing Director at Kirkwood Mountain Resort.

Due to scheduling conflicts, the third stop in the Junior North American Freeskiing Championships has been canceled.

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