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World Tour Qualifier Moves to Jackson Hole

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The 2011 Subaru Freeskiing World Tour Qualifier Moves to Jackson Hole Mountain Resort

Athlete and media registration opens on December 20, 2010 at 10 a.m. MST

SALT LAKE CITY – December 13, 2010— The Subaru Freeskiing World Tour is excited to return to Jackson Hole Mountain Resort with the Subaru Freeskiing World Tour Qualifier on January 27-30, 2011. The tour stop at Jackson Hole will serve as a qualifying event for top skiers who are not already qualified for the World Tour.

"Jackson Hole Mountain Resort stands out in my mind as one of the top freeskiing meccas and a great fit for the Subaru Freeskiing World Tour Qualifier," said Bryan Barlow, event director for the Subaru Freeskiing World Tour. "The resort's steep flowing terrain, natural features and heavy snowfalls are conducive to our tour, and specifically the new 'style' category we'll be judging on. Combined with Jackson's charging locals, you can count on high energy and innovative freeskiing being thrown down in the Tetons."

The resort features a vertical drop of 4,139 feet within 2500 acres of inbounds terrain, and with the biggest opening on record, conditions are expected to be ideal for the January event.

"Big Mountain skiing is part of the DNA of Jackson Hole. From the era of Doug Coombs to the new generation of skiers like Jess McMillan, Crystal Wright and Griffin Post, Jackson Hole has been the breeding grounds of the freeride movement," said Zahan Billimoria, communications manager at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. "TGR made its home here over a decade ago and to this day, Jackson Hole remains the most magnetic destination for big mountain skiers in the United States."

After Jackson Hole, WY, the Subaru Freeskiing World Tour continues on to Crested Butte, CO for the 16th Annual Subaru U.S. Extreme Freeskiing Championships on February 17-21, 2011. The tour then heads west to Kirkwood, CA for the Subaru North America Freeskiing Championships on February 23-27, 2011. The final stop will find the world's best skiers competing at the Subaru Freeskiing World Tour Championships in Snowbird, UT on March 8-13.

Athlete and media registration for Jackson Hole opens on December 20, 2010 at 10 a.m. MST. at  www.freeskiingworldtour.com

About the Subaru Freeskiing World Tour (FWT)

The Freeskiing World Tour is the largest and longest running competitive big mountain freeskiing tour in the history of the sport with an unprecedented six stops. Founded in 1997, the FWT, created and produced by Mountain Sports International, Inc., is heading into its 14th year with alumni including Shane McConkey, Brant Moles, Kent Kreitler, Chris Davenport, Seth Morrison, Dean Cummings, Dave Swanwick, Wendy Fisher, Ingrid Backstrom, Dana Flahr, Kaj Zackrison, Karina Hollekim, Marja Persson, Julien Lopez, Chopo Diaz, Griffin Post, Drew Stoecklein, Crystal Wright and Hannah Whitney. In addition to up to $110,000 in winnings, the world tour champions are awarded the McConkey Cup, honoring legendary skier Shane McConkey, founder of the IFSA. The FWT also features the coveted Sickbird Award, which honors the athlete with the most spirit, style and wow-factor. The 2010 Subaru Freeskiing World Tour is supported by Subaru of America, The North Face, Black Diamond Equipment, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., Powder Magazine, The Ski Channel, Mountain Sports International, Sportsinsurance.com, Comcast Sportsnet, Las Lenas, El Colorado, Revelstoke Mountain Resort, Telluride Ski Resort, Crested Butte Mountain Resort, Kirkwood Mountain Resort, and Snowbird Ski & Summer Resort. For more information, visit www.freeskiingworldtour.com, www.facebook.com/freeskiingworldtour, or follow us on Twitter at @FreeskiingWT.

About Subaru of America, Inc.

Subaru of America, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. of Japan. Headquartered in Cherry Hill, N.J., the company markets and distributes Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive vehicles, parts and accessories through a network of more than 600 dealers across the United States. Subaru makes the best-selling All-Wheel Drive car sold in America based on R.L. Polk & Co. new vehicle retail registration statistics.

About MSI

Mountain Sports International is a private company, founded in 1997, to develop and produce action/adventure sports events and programming in North America. MSI owns and produces the

Freeskiing World Tour, in addition to several other properties and concepts. MSI provides event management services for Burton, Salomon, and Red Bull and has provided infrastructure and expertise for the NBC Gravity Games and ESPN Action Sports Projects, including the Tony Hawk Gigantic Skatepark Tour. MSI specializes in matching clients with events for brand penetration into target demographics, developing product identification and loyalty. MSI matches brand and culture, company and credibility to create sought-after events that help to define the action sports culture. For more information, visit www.mtsports.com

FOR MEDIA INFORMATION:

Sara Waldman
Senior Communications Manager
Mountain Sports International
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FOR ATHLETE INFORMATION:

Nicole Greener
Athlete Communications & Registration Manager
Mountain Sports International
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