Creation of the Pipeline
Founded in 2010, The North Face Park and Pipe Open Series (PPOS) provides high-level open-format slopestyle and halfpipe competition opportunities for up-and-coming freeskiing athletes. Some of freeskiing’s top names have competed in The North Face PPOS series, including Gus Kenworthy, David Wise, Nick Goepper, Joss Christensen, Aaron Blunck, Devin Logan, and Maddie Bowman. In 2015, The North Face launched a new virtual competition in partnership with Freeskier, NewSchoolers.com and Mountain Sports International. Through the virtual competition halfpipe and slopestyle competitive athletes across North America can ”virtually” compete with one another by submitting videos of their best park and pipe runs.
Skiing’s New Frontier
Slopestyle skiing takes place in a venue comprised of man-made features such as rails, boxes and jumps contained on a single slope. Halfpipe skiing takes place in a halfpipe similar to those used for halfpipe snowboarding. Skiers accelerate through the pipe to gain increased height jumping out of the halfpipe while simultaneously executing challenging grabs, spins, flips and other maneuvers. Skiers string together a series of aerials from the halfpipe in a single run. Judging is based on overall impression, including content, difficulty of run, style and use of park or pipe. Slopestyle and halfpipe skiing made their Olympic debut as official events at the 2014 Sochi Winter Games.
The North Face and Freeskiing
In addition to PPOS, The North Face is a charter sponsor of the U.S. Freeskiing Team and is a supporter of the U.S. Grand Prix and Revolution Tours leading up to the Pyeong Chang Winter Olympics in February 2018.