The North Face Masters of Snowboarding event will be February 13-14 at Alpine Meadows and February 14-17 at Squaw Valley. The former 3-stop tour has been condensed to just this one stop.
The Masters of Snowboarding is tailored to fill a competition gap in the sport of Big Mountain Snowboarding. Riders push their limits in a pure environment, testing their creativity and athleticism over natural cliffs, chutes, and steep powder stashes.
The event at Alpine is a 2-star Freeride World Qualifier (FWQ). The top five men and top three females will advance to the Masters 4-star Championship at Squaw. Riders who compete at Squaw will be competing for the Snowboarding Champion title, prize money, and a chance to advance to the 2014 Swatch Freeride World Tour.
The North Face Masters is part of the Freeride World Qualifier system. FWQ’s are rated on a 1 to 4-star scale with athletes earning points at events according to venue difficulty and scale, competitive pool and other factors. The Masters is the top-level qualifier event and a pivotal step for athletes hoping to advance to the Swatch Freeride World Tour, by The North Face.