Moonlight Basin in Montana plans to hold a Freeride World Qualifier competition on Friday and Saturday. The event is a 4-star qualifier for the Freeride World Tour, the level right below a championship level event. Sunday and Monday are reserved for possible weather days.
The competition, however, will likely be completed just before the main arrival of a winter storm. As of Thursday, the National Weather Service forecast called for a 20 percent chance of light snow on Friday and a 40 percent chance of light snow on Saturday. About a foot of new snow is likely from Saturday night through Sunday.
The competition will be held on the extreme Headwaters terrain with the finish line in Stillwater Bowl. Skiers will be judged on five categories: line difficulty, control, fluidity, jumping, and crashes. Qualifying runs are scheduled for Friday with the finals on Saturday.
“We can’t wait to see what the competitors pull off this year as last year’s competition was amazing to watch,” said Greg Pack, president and general manager of Moonlight Basin. "The Headwaters terrain is some of the most challenging inbounds skiing you will find and Moonlight is excited to watch these athletes showcase their talents.”
Moonlight Basin is adjacent to Big Sky Resort. By purchasing a combined lift ticket, the two resorts offer a total of 5,512 skiable acres, the most connected skiable terrain in the United States.