Welcome to the Tahoe Junior Freeride Series
2014 TJFS Season Recap
The 2014 Tahoe Junior Freeride Series experienced a record number of athletes in the three event series at Alpine Meadows, Sugar Bowl, and Squaw Valley. Each stop of the tour had a waiting list for the 120 spots available per event. 170 athletes from the Tahoe region competed in one or more of the TJFS junior big mountain competitions. Due to the high demand for spots in both skiing and snowboarding, the TJFS hopes to add Kirkwood and Mt. Rose to the series in 2015 in order to accommodate the growing interest and demand in junior big mountain freeriding.
Athletes Cheer on the competitors at the bottom of GCP Photo: Cathy Howard
This was the second year of snowboarding in the TJFS and we saw a lot of interest from these young riders. Next year we hope to double snowboard registration in an effort to build the snowboarding field at the TJFS.
Rider Photo: Chris Saito
TJFS Stop 1 was held at Alpine Meadows the last weekend of January. This stop was postponed several times due to low snow in the early season. Despite thin snow, athletes competed on a new junior big mountain venue located skier's right of Pond Rocks.
TJFS Stop 2 at Sugar Bowl March 8-9 was originally scheduled as the Championship stop. The TJFS experienced several schedule changes due to low snow conditions and Sugar Bowl became Stop 2. Day 1 was held on Avalanche. Day 2 was held on The Nose, a classic venue for the TJFS.
Athlete: Liam Forsyth Photo: Chris Saito
TJFS Stop 3 at Squaw Valley was this year's championship event. For the first time in several attempts, the conditions and weather aligned and made it possible to hold the inaugural event on Granite Chief Peak! TJFS would like to thank Squaw Valley and the Squaw Valley ski patrol for making this historic event possible. The event saw classic Squaw Spring conditions and the most exciting skiing of the 2014 TJFS.
Athletes cheer on Reef Schott dropping into GCP Photo: Cathy Howard
For full event results and overall series results visit the TJFS website and facebook page:
Congratulations to the 2014 TJFS Graduates! Many of these athletes have been competing in the TJFS since the first year of the series in 2007. This year's graduates saw the series grow from 20 athletes from two teams to 170 athletes from 9 teams! We wish the 2014 graduates all the best in college, on the adult freeride tour, and in their careers. They will always have a place in the TJFS family. Thanks for all the high fives in the finish corral over the years!
THANK YOU VOLUNTEERS! A huge shout out to all of our volunteers at the event desk and on the hill! Your dedication and hard work made this TJFS season possible!
THANK YOU SPONSORS! We would like to thank our sponsors for their support of the Tahoe Junior Freeride Series. Smith Optics, a sponsor of the series since its inception in 2007, provided gear to our podium athletes at all three stops as well as the overall champions. The North Face, in it's second year of sponsorship, provided a mountain of gear for all three events as well as the overall winners. Woodward at Tahoe, in its second year of support of the TJFS, provided the grand overall prizes of summer camps and bunker passes for each age group champion. The Sports Exchange came on board as a new sponsor this year and provided shop scholarships to the second place overall champions as well as shop services to the third place podiums in each event. TEC equipment cleaners has been a long time supporter of the TJFS by giving their technical equipment cleaning services to each athlete on the overall podium.
Please support our awesome sponsors! Visit Woodward at Tahoe on the summit and The Sports Exchange and TEC in downtown Truckee. A huge shout out to The North Face and Smith as well for stoking the kids!
http://www.woodwardtahoe.com/ Sign up for Woodward Summer Camps today!
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