Ski event eyes four Haines locations

The Freeride World Tour, one of the world’s top freestyle skiing competitions, will return to Haines after a successful 2015 event. According to a public notice filed Thursday, Southeast Alaska Backcountry Adventures has requested permission to use one of four slopes in the Haines area: Caesars, Old Faithful, Light Meter, and Venue. SEABA’s request indicates only one will be used, based on snow conditions at the time of the event.

The Freeride Tour’s stop in Alaska is expected to last seven days in March this year and next.

The tour, which began last weekend in Andorra, also includes events in France, Austria and Switzerland. The Haines stop is the only one outside of Europe and is the second-to-last event on the tour’s calendar. According to that calendar, the Haines event will take place between March 17 and March 25.

A tour champion, determined by finishes in all five events, will be named after the tour’s final event in April in Switzerland.

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