At the USOF, competitors can ride in a low stress, fun, environment with plenty of practice time; jam qualifying formats and larger fields into the semi finals and finals. Every rider will not only feel the event gave them the most chance to shine, but the most fun of the year. "This is a new vision for a true open that is inclusive and not exclusive," said Craig Elledge, President of Slide, LLC.
The on hill experience for athletes will feature hang out areas for athletes & friends and families, with lunch provided for all competitors and parties at night. A festival atmosphere on-site will also set this event apart with heavy endemic involvement creating an interactive USOF Nation village.
Skivington and Elledge have over 50 years of winter event production experience and are the current freeski competition directors for the winter Dew Tour. Elledge was the promoter of the first professional snowboard and freeski tours in the US, the American Snowboard Tour (AST) from 1991 to 2003 and
American Freeski Tour (AFT) from 2003 to 2008, including the North American Open. The AST started many top snowboarders including Ross Powers, Shaun White and Gretchen Blieler, and the AFT started Freeskiers such as Sammy Carlson, Bobby Brown, Peter Olenick and Andreas Hatveit.
Skivington has served as a USSA Junior Olympic alpine race coach and the competition director for the AFT American Freeski Tour, North American Open, Aspen Open, Dumont Cup, Icer Air, War of Rails and the Dew Tour and is the most respected freeski competition director in the industry.
Resorts interested in hosting the US Open of Freeskiing will be able to fill out an online RFP at www.usopenfreeski.com beginning February 28, 2013. Slide, LLC, is an event marketing, production and activation company and serves as the Agency of Record for Paul Mitchell Sports marketing.