Twisted Sisters Goes Off in Kirkwwod
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April 12, 2011 – Kirkwood, California
“The Twisted Sisters comp was the coolest event I’ve ever been a part of!”
-Josh Daiek, 1st place, 2011 North American Freeskiing Championships
The first weekend in April saw an assault on Kirkwood Mountain Resort unlike any before as the Twisted Sisters freeride competition, presented by 4FRNT Skis came to town.
4FRNT team members Wiley Miller, Matt Sterbenz, Finn Anderson, and Austin Ramaley spent the afternoon of March 31st in the California sunshine building six features on the steep face known as the Cliff Chutes at Kirkwood. With the course in place and head judge Pep Fujas on site, the scene was set for the big mountain/freestyle contest to go off!
“From my perspective I feel that events like the Twisted Sisters is the future of skiing. The Combination of slopestyle and big mountain allows riders to display their creativity, trickery and comfort riding in a mountain setting. It’s fun to watch because there are so many possibilities and nothing is groomed.”
-Pep Fujas, head judge/skiing hero/course designer for Red Bull Cold Rush
Click here for video update from the course construction
Click here for video update from the course inspection
Day one left everyone impressed with the level of amateur talent coming out of the Lake Tahoe area. With a sponsorship contract from 4FRNT going to the winner of the “open” category, a lot was on the line and the competition was fierce. Additionally, the top five skiers from the day would be given the opportunity to compete for the cash purse in the pro category on Sunday. At the end of the day only a few points separated the top 5 competitors but it was Kirkwood local Douglas Carr coming away with the win and the invitation to join the 4FRNT team!
“I’m really excited about this opportunity to be a part of 4FRNT!
Truly a dream coming alive!”
-Douglas J. Carr, 1st place Twisted Sisters Open Category Competition and the newest member of the 4FRNT team
Click here for video update from Day 1 of competition
Day two saw the pros take the course to battle it out for the cash purse, provided by SNOWBOMB.COM (Thank you Snowbomb!) but it was the five amateur athletes from day one who set the bar high. Even with big names such as Wiley Miller, Tim Dutton, Skogen Sprang, and Josh Daiek (among others) in the lineup, two of the amateur athletes from Saturday made the final round and at the end of the day, Davis Souza from Truckee, CA (who placed third on day one to qualify for the pro event) took home first place!
“I was really impressed with the enthusiasm and effort put into (the event) from everyone at 4FRNT who made it happen!”
-Davis Souza, winner, Twisted Sisters pro category competition
Click here for video update from Day 2 of competition
In addition to the high level of talent that was on display throughout the entire weekend, the level of camaraderie among the athletes was equally impressive. The energy was high, the course was fun, and everyone was stoked, regardless of where they finished in the standings.
At the end of the weekend, the most important thing was that Twisted Sisters was able to raise some funds for the High Fives Foundation, a non-profit organization based in Truckee, CA that helps athletes who have sustained life altering injuries or illnesses get back on their feet. For more info, please visit: www.highfivesfoundation.org.
“The course was absolutely amazing, the talented field threw down and the bar was raised for all future big mountain/park infused competitions.”
-Adam Baillargeon, Marketing Director, High Fives Foundation
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“It was really one of the coolest sessions I’ve been a part of, EVER!”
-Skogen Sprang, freeskiing legend
About 4FRNT Skis
4FRNT is a project we started to form leadership within the ski community. It began in 2002; during a period when Freeskiing was becoming established yet the products on the market struggled for direction. We set out to assemble a company that embraced the talent and knowledge of professional skiers. The mission was to attract the sports best riders, provide a platform for them to design signature products and by result, become leaders in the sport and progress the state of Freesking. Entering our ninth year, we have matured in our design for both signature and general 4FRNT branded products yet remain committed to our core values and our enduring commitment to our mission statement.
About Kirkwood Mountain Resort
Kirkwood Mountain Resort is located atop the Sierra Crest with a geographical advantage that accounts for the lightest and driest snow in the Lake Tahoe region. With an annual snowfall of over 600 inches, it is easy to see why Kirkwood has become synonymous with deep powder skiing and riding. With over 2,300 acres of legendary terrain and an intimate mountain village setting, Kirkwood Mountain Resort provides destination guests a perfect backdrop for an energizing getaway.
SnowBomb was started in 1997 with one man and his relentless pursuit of a better (and cheaper) way to get on the hill. Now, the team is larger than that one man and his dream, but our vision is still the same. SnowBomb is about more than bringing you discounted skiing and snowboarding. SnowBomb is about helping you find out what other skiers and snowboarders are up to and to get all the information you need before heading for the mountain.
2011 Twisted Sisters was presented by:
4FRNT Skis and Kirkwood Mountain Resort
Supporting sponsors: Snowbomb.com, Smith Optics, Dalbello Boots, Porters Tahoe.com, Backcountry Access, Clif bar, GoPro, Hi Ball energy drink, Teton Gravity Research and the High Fives Foundation.